Benjamin Percy, award-winning novelist, to read at University of Idaho Feb 16

Thursday, January 26 2012

MOSCOW, Idaho – Whiting Award winner and National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) fellow Benjamin Percy will read at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 16 in the Law School Courtroom in the Menard Law Building on the University of Idaho campus. A book signing will follow the reading.

“Benjamin has won awards for his short stories and his novels,” said Doug Heckman, University of Idaho MFA Creative Writing program director. “The fact that he’s adapting his novel, The Wilding, for director Guillermo Arriaga (Babel, 21 Grams) testifies to the strength of his work.”

The reading is free and open to the public.

Benjamin Percy is the author of the novel, The Wilding, as well as two books of stories, Refresh, Refresh and The Language of Elk. His fiction and nonfiction have been read on National Public Radio, performed at Symphony Space, and published by Esquire, GQ, Men's Journal, Outside, the Wall Street Journal, and the Paris Review. His latest novel, Red Moon, will be published in 2013.

His honors include an NEA fellowship, a Whiting Writers' Award, the Plimpton Prize, a Pushcart Prize, and inclusion in Best American Short Stories and Best American Comics.

He is currently adapting The Wilding into a screenplay for filmmaker Guillermo Arriaga. He teaches in the MFA program at Iowa State University and the low-res MFA program at Pacific University.

Percy will visit the University of Idaho campus as part of the Distinguished Visiting Writer series.

Sponsored by the University of Idaho English department and the MFA in creative writing program, the Distinguished Visiting Writer series brings writers of national significance to work with University of Idaho students and present their work at a public reading.

Future English department readings for 2013 include Willis Barnstone, March 21, and Steve Almond on April 10.

For more information on this and other MFA creative writing events and programs, please visit or contact Heckman at
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