The University Record, September 21, 1992

Authors’ readings to benefit homeless

By Terry Gallagher
News and Information Services

On the first day of fall, hundreds of writers in dozens of cities across the country will give public readings to raise money to fight hunger, homelessness and illiteracy.

In a related event here, English Profs. Charles M. Baxter, Nicholas F. Delbanco and Richard W. Tillinghast will read fiction and poetry at 7 p.m. Sept. 22 in Rackham Amphitheater. Admission to the reading is $8 for the general public, $5 for students, “or whatever you can afford,” according to organizers.

The U-M event will be held in conjunction with “The National Reading: Writers Harvest for the Homeless” organized by novelist Frederick Busch and coordinated by the Washington-based group Share our Strength.

Baxter’s fiction includes the novel First Light, short-story collections Relative Stranger and Through the Safety Net, as well as a book of poetry.

Delbanco, who directs the Hopwood Program, has written numerous works of fiction, non-fiction, literary criticism and travel narratives. His novels include Possession, Sherbrookes and Small Rain, and he is currently working on a historical novel.

Tillinghast has published several volumes of poetry, including Our Flag Was Still There and A Quiet Pint in Kinvara, and his works have appeared in the New Yorker, the Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s and other magazines. A new volume of poems, The Stonecutter’s Hand, will be published next year.