Author George Saunders will speak at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8 in the Reilly Room as part of the Vivian S. Delbrook Visiting Writers Series.
Saunders is the author of the essay collection The Braindead Megaphone, the short-story collections CivilWarLand in Bad Decline, Pastoralia and In Persuasion Nation, the children’s book The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip and the novella The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil. He teaches creative writing at Syracuse University.
He grew up on the south side of Chicago and he received a B.S. in Geophysical Engineering from Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colo., in 1981. He worked at Radian International, an environmental engineering firm in Rochester, NY as a technical writer and geophysical engineer from 1989 to 1996. He has also worked in Sumatra on an oil exploration geophysics crew, as a doorman in Beverly Hills, a roofer in Chicago, a convenience store clerk, a guitarist in a Texas country-and-western band, and a knuckle-puller in a West Texas slaughterhouse.
After reading in People magazine about the master’s degree program at Syracuse University, he applied. Saunders received a Master of Arts with an emphasis in creative writing in 1988.