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Mary Wood Fellow Reading 2018

  • Dr. Hall introduces Amber Dermont
    Dr. Hall introduces Amber Dermont
    Julie Armstrong
  • Students listen as Amber Dermont talks about her voice and style of writing
    Students listen as Amber Dermont talks about her voice and style of writing
    Julie Armstrong
  • Dermont reads from a short story of hers titled "The Snow Monkeys of Dilley, Texas"
    Dermont reads from a short story of hers titled "The Snow Monkeys of Dilley, Texas"
    Julie Armstrong
  • Dermont answers a few questions from aspiring student writers after her reading
    Dermont answers a few questions from aspiring student writers after her reading
    Julie Armstrong
  • The Lit House sells copies of The Starboard Sea and Damage Control to students after the reading
    The Lit House sells copies of The Starboard Sea and Damage Control to students after the reading
    Julie Armstrong
  • Amber Dermont signs a copy of her book for student Casey Williams
    Amber Dermont signs a copy of her book for student Casey Williams
    Julie Armstrong

Location: Rose O’Neill Literary House

April 11, 2018
The Literary House hosted a fiction reading for this year’s Mary Wood Fellow, Amber Dermont

The Mary Wood Fellowship is awarded every even-numbered year to a female-identifying writer who has published at least one book. On Wednesday, April 10th, the Literary House hosted a fiction reading for this year’s Mary Wood Fellow, Amber Dermont. Amber Dermont received an MFA in fiction from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a PhD in literature and creative writing from the University of Houston. She is also the author of two books, a novel called The Starboard Sea, and a short story collection titled Damage Control. Her book, The Starboard Sea, was a New York Times bestseller and a finalist for the 2014 Townsend Prize for Fiction. Dermont is currently a professor of English at Rice University in Houston, Texas.

When first introducing Dermont, Dr. Hall described her literature as “luminous,” and spoke briefly about her two published works, The Starboard Sea, and her short story collection Damage Control. Before reading a short story of hers titled “The Snow Monkeys of Dilley, Texas,” Dermont said “at its best, writing a short story is akin to a magician inventing a new trick.” She also talked about her voice and style of writing, and gave advice to the student writers at the event. After the reading of her story, Dermont answered a few questions asking about making a living as a writer, and responded by saying “you have to live in your stories, be able to deal with the heartbreak of not getting stories published, and create a community of other writers to collaborate with.”


Last modified on Apr. 13th at 3:35pm by Nick Blake.