Pittsburgh Contemporary Writers Series


Ron Carlson


Public Reading: Thursday, April 5, 8:30 pm,

Frick Fine Arts Auditorium

(reception to follow).

Free and Open to the Public

also: Craft Talk and Q&A, “Blue Heart: the Story of a Story,”

Friday, April 6, 10:30-11:30, 324 CL


Ron Carlson’s most recent book is the novel The Signal from Viking. His short stories have appeared in Esquire, Harper’s, The New Yorker, and other journals, as well as The Best American Short Stories, The O.  Henry Prize series, The Pushcart Prize Anthology, The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction and other anthologies. Ron Carlson Writes a Story, his book on writing, is taught widely. He has been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the Cohen Prize at Ploughshares, the McGinnis Award at the Iowa Review, the Aspen Literary Award.  His novel Five Skies was One Book Rhode Island in 2009. He is Director of the Graduate Program in Fiction at the University of California, Irvine.

For more information call 412-624-6508 or visit the PCWS blog: pghwriterseries.wordpress.com

Thanks to our cosponsor, The University Book Center





It’s quiet in the store today. I can count sparrows on the wire across the road. My advice! She smiled yesterday when I told her. Just get married. Have a friend sing your favorite song at the wedding. Marriage, she said, what is it? Well, I said, it’s not life on a cake. It’s a bird taking your head in his beak and you walk the sky. It’s marriage. Sometimes it pinches like a bird’s mouth, but it’s definitely flying, it’s definitely a kind of flying.

—from “A Kind of Flying”