7th Annual Literary Festival at ODU: October 1-4, 1984


Robley Wilson Jr., 7th Annual ODU Literary Festival

Document Type

Featured Participant

Festival Date



Webb University Center

Author/Artist Bio

Vance Bourjaily said, "Writers who love and create short stories in America today are our purest literary artists, and Robley Wilson, Jr., is a prince among them." Wilson's most recent collection of short stories, Dancing for Men received the 1982 Drue Heinz Literature Prize and was called by the Chicago Sun Times "an excellent place to ponder the physics of love." A master of surprise and nuance, Wilson writes about the circumstances that join and divide women and men; much of his work is about politics, sexual and otherwise. The Village Voice reported, "There is no doubt that Wilson is a superb writer," and praised his "technical brilliance" and "lovely, poetic sentences." Wilson's two previous story collections are Living Alone and The Pleasures of Manhood. He has also written three books of poems and is the editor of The North American Review. He and Mark Smith will talk about fiction writing and answer questions on Wednesday morning. That afternoon Wilson will read his fiction.


Robley Wilson, Jr. and Mark Smith spoke about fiction writing on Wednesday, October 3rd, 1984 at 11:00 a.m. in the University Webb Center.

He also did a solo fiction reading at 2:00 p.m. in the University Webb Center.


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