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W&L’s Glasgow Endowment Presents W&L Alumnus Matthew Null Reading from Debut Novel

Washington and Lee University’s Glasgow Endowment will sponsor a public reading by fiction writer Matthew Neill Null on Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. in Northen Auditorium, Leyburn Library.

Null, a 2006 graduate of Washington and Lee, will be reading from his first novel, “Honey from the Lion” (2015). There will be a book signing afterward and the University Book Store will have books available for sale.

In addition to his above debut novel, Null is the author of “Allegheny Front” (forthcoming, 2016), which received the Mary McCarthy Prize. He is also author of stories including “The Island in the Gorge of the Great River” (2014) in “Ecotone;” “Gauley Season” (2014) in “West Branch,” which was reprinted in “The Best American Mystery Stories;” and “Destinations” (2014) in “Mississippi Review.”

He also is the author of essays including “No Judgment, No Message, No Mercy: At Ninety-Five, Maria Beig Remains Deeply Under Read in America” in “Paris Review Daily” (2015) and “I Read Dead People: Eudora Welty and Failure” in “American Short Fiction” (2013).

Null is the winner of the Michener-Copernicus Society of America Award, and his fiction has appeared in journals including “American Short Fiction,” the “Oxford American,” “The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories” and “Ploughshares.”

He holds an M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and was a fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, where he is currently the writing coordinator.

The Glasgow Endowment was established by the late Arthur G. Glasgow for the “promotion of the expression of art through pen and tongue.” In the past four decades the endowment has hosted authors including Claudia Emerson, Natasha Trethewey and Raphael Campo.

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