Lynda Barry and Michael Torres: October 8, 2015

Lynda Barry
cartoonist, graphic novelist, and author of What It Is, Picture This,
and Syllabus:  Notes from an Accidental Professor

Michael Torres
poet, creative nonfiction and fiction writer

Writing Workshop
10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Room 245
Centennial Student Union

Craft Talk
3:00 – 3:50 p.m.
Ostrander Auditorium
Centennial Student Union

Reading & Book Signing
7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Room 245
Centennial Student Union

Books will be available to purchase
Live music from 7:10 – 7:30 p.m. by Lightning Betty and the Joyful Fables


Lynda Barry is a painter, cartoonist, writer, illustrator, playwright, editor, commentator and teacher.  She is the author of the books One Hundred Demons, The Greatest of Marlys, Cruddy: An Illustrated Novel, Naked Ladies Naked Ladies Naked Ladies, and The Good Times are Killing Me which was adapted as an off-Broadway play and won the Washington State Governor’s Award.  Her comic strip Ernie Pook’s Comeek was syndicated across North America in alternative weeklies for two decades. Her bestselling and acclaimed creative writing-how-to-graphic novel, What It Is, won the Eisner Award for Best Reality Based Graphic Novel. Barry’s follow up and creative drawing companion to What It Is, is entitled Picture This: The Near-Sighted Monkey Book.  Her most recent book, Syllabus: Notes From an Accidental Professor, further details Barry’s inspiring writing method which focuses on the relationship between the hand, the brain, and spontaneous images, both written and visual.  Barry is currently Associate Professor in Interdisciplinary Creativity at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Born and raised in Pomona, California, Michael Torres spent his childhood summers reading and writing book reports for his sister, and his adolescence as a graffiti artist. His first chapbook, The Beautiful Distraction, was published by Finishing Line Press. His work has appeared in Okey-Panky, Solo Press, Miramar, and other journals. He earned his BA in creative writing from the University of California, Riverside. Currently, he is an MFA candidate at Minnesota State University, Mankato, where he teaches writing and serves as poetry editor of Blue Earth Review.