Distinguished Author to Visit Truman

Award-winning author Dr. John Smelcer will visit Truman March 27-28 to visit classes and participate in a series of public events.

Smelcer is one of the last speakers familiar with the Ahtna language, an endangered Alaska Native language. He has authored 45 books in an eclectic range of interests and disciplines. Aside from Smelcer’s many novels and poetry collections, he has published works in history, mythology, anthropology, archaeology and linguistics, as well as anthologies, plays, screenplays, dictionaries and children’s picture books. His short stories, poems, interviews and essays have appeared in more than 400 magazines and journals worldwide.

In addition to book forewords by Noam Chomsky, Stephen Pinker and Gary Snyder, Smelcer’s work has earned praise from the likes of Allen Ginsberg, Ray Bradbury, Carl Sagan, J.D. Salinger and W.P. Kinsella among others.

At 6 p.m. March 27 in Violette Hall 1010, Smelcer will present “The World Raven Made: Ahtna Athabaskan Culture, Language and Myth.”

The Truman State University Press will host an open house and book signing meet and greet from 2-4 p.m. March 28 on the third floor of the General Services Building, located at the corner of Franklin and Patterson streets.

From 7-8:30 p.m. March 28 in the Student Union Building Georgian Room A, Smelcer will participate in a public reading of his poetry, followed by a book signing.

All events are free and open to the public.
More information about Smelcer and his work is available on his website, johnsmelcer.com.