Writers Read with Vic Sizemore

Where Common Grounds Coffee House, 177, in University Commons

Duration 1 hour

Writers Read with Vic Sizemore, fiction writer, essayist

Chad Gusler, Language & Literature Dept. Assistant Professor says this …

“I first met Vic Sizemore the summer of 2006 in Santa Fe, New Mexico on the campus of St. John’s College. I was just beginning the third residency of my MFA program at Seattle Pacific University, and Vic was a newbie. There were two things I noticed about Vic: first was his hair, its thickness and heft, which led me to the assumption Vic was a great writer—yes, hair can be a good indicator of literary talent—and second was his sharp sense of observation, of being able to see right into something to make it close, a gift that would make Flannery O’Connor very proud. Indeed, Vic is a very keen short story writer. His characters are thrust into action immediately, and the places where his characters live out their lives are palpable and real. There’s a persistent pulse in his stories, a sneaky beat that sinks into a reader’s subconscious and lingers there for quite some time.

Vic, since graduating from SPU, has published widely. His short fiction has been published or is forthcoming in StoryQuarterly, Southern Humanities Review, Connecticut Review, Blue Mesa Review, Sou’wester, and elsewhere. Excerpts from his novel The Calling are published or forthcoming in Connecticut Review, Portland Review, Prick of the Spindle, Burrow Press Review, Relief, Rock & Sling, and Pithead Chapel. Vic’s fiction has also won the New Millennium Writings Award, and has been nominated for best American Nonrequired Reading and a Pushcart Prize.

Vic teaches at Central Virginia Community College in Lynchburg, Virginia, and he is also in a band, which, he says, consists of “just a bunch of old guys playing Rock & Roll. Only our friends come out to see us, but it’s still fun.”


Intended Audience General Public


Contact Information

Name Language & Literature Dept

Phone # 540.432.4168