Flagler College’s Writers-in-Residence series will kick off its spring semester of lectures with writer Polly Buckingham, who will read from her award-winning book “The Expense of a View” on Thursday, Jan. 12.
The recently-released book is the winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction from University of North Texas Press.
"The Expense of a View is a carefully rendered examination of memory, loss and sadness,” said Chris Offutt, the final judge for the Katherine Anne Porter Award. “The emotional reality of the characters is riveting and stayed with me long after finishing each story. These are the people we see every day, strangers suffering, ones we are too busy to worry about, that we ignore. The stories are reminders that everyone is important."
Author Molly Giles added: "Set mostly in the coastal waters off Florida and the Pacific Northwest, this book reads like a series of tales about castaways, people thrown to shore after devastating losses — a child's death, a lover's abandonment, a sister's suicide. Ill-prepared and ill-equipped, the survivors struggle to accept that 'sometimes there really is no one to blame, not even yourself’ as they begin to make peace with themselves and their strange new circumstances. These are tender, beautifully written stories, delicate and wise.”
Buckingham was the recipient of a Washington State Artists Trust fellowship and of Hubbub's Kenneth O. Hanson Award for poetry. Her book “A Year of Silence” was the winner of the Jeanne Leiby Memorial Chapbook Award for Fiction from Florida Review Press. Her work appears in The Gettysburg Review, The Threepenny Review, The Poetry Review, Hanging Loose, Witness, North American Review, The Moth, New Orleans Review, Poetry Daily and elsewhere. She is founding editor of StringTown Press, currently teaches Creative Writing at Eastern Washington University and is Associate Director of Willow Springs Books.
Her talk, free and open to the public, will be held in the Flagler Room, 74 King Street on Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. Call (904) 819-6339 for more information.