Author Geoff Schmidt will visit Rend Lake College next week to read from his work as part of an on-going series of events planned by the college’s Cultural Arts Committee.
Schmidt will read from his works from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, in the Learning Resource Center. He has received a Literary Award from the Illinois Arts Council and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize three times, receiving a Special Mention once.
Schmidt has had stories published in Notre Dame Review, Massachusetts Review, Crab Orchard Review, Black Warrior Review, Gettysburg Review, Other Voices, Alaska Quarterly Review, Chariton Review, and Oxford Magazine. He also has published poems and essays in Agni, The Southern Review, Chicago Tribune Book Review, and elsewhere.
Schmidt’s first novel, “Write Your Heart Out: Advice from the Moon Winx Motel,” is a rarity – a compelling novel interlaced with a fierce satire. The unintended tale of a doomed writer, the book takes the form of a recently discovered draft of a “How-To” book on creative writing. Early on, the writer-protagonist bangs out exercises and anecdotes with an equal measure of insight and callousness during his off hours as a night-desk man at the Moon Winx Motel outside Tuscaloosa, Ala. As the book progresses through the conventional structure of a “How To,” including wickedly funny exercises, the writer reveals more of himself in unintended heaps of name dropping, venting and melancholy. In turns biting and heartfelt, the book opens a window to the heart of a man trapped in a cruel and politic craft – writing fiction in the late 20th century.
Schmidt earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Kenyon College and his Master of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Alabama. Schmidt and wife Nicola live in Illinois with their two daughters, Zoe and Amanda.
For more information, contact Peggy Davis at (618) 437-5321, Ext. 1725, or call toll-free (in-district only) at 1-800-369-5321, Ext. 1725.