The MFA Writing Program and The Greensboro Review will host a fiction reading by notable alumnus George Singleton on Thursday, March 14, at 7 p.m. at Scuppernong Books, 304 S. Elm Street. It is free and open to the public and will be followed by a book signing.
Singleton’s work resonates with that of Donald Barthelme, T. C. Boyle, Flannery O’Connor, and Raymond Carver. “Staff Picks,” his new collection from LSU Press, provides a loosely linked baker’s dozen of stories set in small, often-floundering towns such as Steepleburg, which once boasted more congregations per capita than anywhere in the southeastern U.S., and Poke, home to a dedicated chapter of Optimists International. In turns both comic and tragic, Singleton shows characters trying to make sense out of the Old South, the New South, and the New New South in all their ragged glory.
Singleton has published seven collections of stories, one book of nonfiction, and two novels. His work has appeared in the Atlantic Monthly,Harper’s, Georgia Review, Agni, Southern Review, the Cincinnati Review, and elsewhere. He is a member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers and a former Guggenheim Fellow. He holds the John C. Cobb Endowed Chair in the Humanities at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina.