Matthew Vollmer reading event, Aug. 18

Press release from Flatiron Writers Room:

Please join Flatiron Writers Room along with Roots + Wings School of Art and Design, and Malaprop’s Bookstore for this FREE event!

Come help us celebrate the release of acclaimed author Matthew Vollmer’s PERMANENT EXHIBIT, a collection of short prose originally composed as status updates on a popular social media platform, and now published by BOA Editions Ltd.

Matthew Vollmer opens a browser window into his own mind with these collage-style essays. Exercising a rapacious intellectual curiosity, he seamlessly integrates flying snakes, mass shootings, emojis, pop stars, stargazing, ghosts, circuses, and a hundred other things. Full of keen observations and unexpected insights, Permanent Exhibit reclaims the art of letting one’s mind wander and explore in the age of the status update.

This FREE event will include:

Readings by the Flatiron Players: A.K. Benninghofen, Jeff Benninghofen, Tiffany Cade Santiago, Maggie Marshall, Kevin Patrick Murphy, Robert Dale Walker, and Matthew Vollmer.

Gallery showing of original work by local visual artists Ginger Huebner, Jeannie Regan and Holly de Saillan
Malaprop’s onsite sale of Permanent Exhibit as well as other Vollmer books
Hors d’oeuvres, wine and local beer


The reading follows Matthew’s workshop on Writing Hybrids: Exploding Form and Genre for which you can register separately HERE.

Matthew Vollmer is the author of two collections of short stories, Future Missionaries of America and Gateway to Paradise, as well as inscriptions for headstones, a collection of one-sentence essays, each unfolding in the form of an epitaph. He is, with David Shields, the co-editor of Fakes: An Anthology of Pseudo-Interviews, Faux Lectures, Quasi-Letters, “Found” Documents, and Other Fraudulent Artifacts. He also edited A Book of Uncommon Prayer, an anthology of everyday invocations from over 60 authors, including Flatiron Writer A.K. Benninghofen. A winner of a Pushcart Prize and a fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts, his latest book, Permanent Exhibit, a collection of short essays, will be published in September 2018 by BOA Editions, LTD. He is an Associate Professor in the English Department at Virginia Tech.


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