Joyce Carol Oates at Portland Art Museum

Joyce Carol Oates will be appearing at the Portland Art Museum on Thursday, May 11th at 7:30. She will be interviewed by Oregon Book Award author Tracy Daugherty. Here’s more about the event, from our friends in the MFA program at OSU:

Joyce Carol Oates, celebrated author and National Book Award winner, will receive Oregon State University’s inaugural Stone Award for Lifetime Literary Achievement in May.

The biennial award is given to a major American author who has created a body of critically acclaimed work and who has – in the tradition of creative writing at OSU – been a dedicated mentor to young writers. The honorarium for the award is $20,000, making the new Stone Prize one of the most substantial awards for lifetime literary achievement offered by any university in the country.

The award will be presented to Oates at a special event at on Thursday, May 10, at the Portland Art Museum Fields Ballroom beginning at 7:30 p.m. OSU Distinguished Professor of English Tracy Daugherty will conduct an on-stage interview with Oates. A reception and book signing will follow. Tickets are available atPortland Art Museum.

“Joyce Carol Oates is that rare literary figure who, over the course of an extraordinarily productive literary career, has also given generous attention and energy to young writers,” said Marjorie Sandor, director of the Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing at OSU. “Unflagging in her support for literary magazines and presses, she has enriched and enlivened our nation’s cultural life.”

The Stone Literary Award was established in 2011 with a $600,000 commitment from OSU College of Liberal Arts alumnus Patrick Stone (’74). Stone and his wife, Vicki, chose to endow the literary prize in order to acknowledge the growing national reputation of OSU’s creative writing program, as well as its commitment to mentoring students, building community, and reaching out to underserved populations including at-risk youth and veterans.

In addition to the Portland event, Oates will give a free public lecture in Corvallis on Wednesday, May 9, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center on the OSU campus.

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