Tim O’Brien to give reading at Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center

By Kristina Kenney
University News Service
September 27, 2011

Pulitzer Prize finalist and Endowed Chair of Creative Writing at Texas State University-San Marcos Tim O’Brien is set to give a reading at the Anne Porter Literary Center in Kyle on Oct. 7 at 7:30 p.m.

The event is cosponsored by the Burdine Johnson Foundation and the Texas State University-San Marcos Department of English and is free and open to the public.

O'Brien served as an infantryman in the Vietnam War from 1968 to 1970. After returning from battle, he completed graduate studies at Harvard University and worked as a reporter at The Washington Post before launching his literary career with his memoir publication If I Die in a Combat Zone in 1973. He went on to write Northern Lights, Going After Cacciato, which won the 1979 National Book Award, In the Lake of the Woods, Tomcat in Love and July, July. The Things They Carried was published in 1990 and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

O’Brien has been teaching creative writing to MFA graduate students at Texas State since 1999, and he has held the university’s endowed chair in creative writing six times, more than any other visiting author.

For more information, contact Katie Angermeier at kapliterarycenter@gmail.com.