Cameron University Visiting Writer Series welcomes Constance Squires

The Cameron University Department of Communication, English and Foreign Languages continues its Visiting Writers Series with author Constance Squires on Friday, February 15, at 7 p.m. in the CETES Conference Center. The event is open to the public at no charge.

Constance SquiresHer latest work, “Hit Your Brights,” is a collection of 13 short stories that fuse humor and tragedy. Squires’ characters are often caught in tough spots of their own making. Danger lurks, the needle skips, the bomb goes off, and the empties pile up. Outcomes are unpredictable, but the car always starts, and, sometimes, love wins.

Squires has been referred to as “a master of the short story,” by noted author Rilla Askew, and “Hit Your Brights” has been cited as “a well-crafted collection focusing on Oklahoma and southern characters in a universe full of questions” by author Brandon Hobson. He says, “Constance Squires writes prose with startling precision and beauty. At times humorous, at times sad, her stories are always profoundly moving.”

Along with “Hit Your Brights,” Squires is the author of two novels, “Along the Watchtower” and “Live from Medicine Park.” Her non-fiction work has appeared in Guernica, The Atlantic, Shenandoah, Salon, The New York Times  and other publications has been featured on the NPR program “Snap Judgment.” Squires holds a Ph.D. in English and teaches creative writing at the University of Central Oklahoma.

The Cameron University Visiting Writer Series is made possible by Cameron University Lectures and Concerts, Sigma Tau Delta, and the Department of Communication, English and Foreign Languages.

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February 14, 2019