2018 Annual McKinney Contest Guest Speaker:  Paul Harding

Thursday, April 12, 2018, 8:00 p.m., CBIS (Biotech) Auditorium


Paul Harding






Photo Credit: Ekko von Schwichow

Paul Harding is an American writer and musician, the author of Tinkers (2009), which won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the 2010 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize among other honors, and most recently, Enon: A Novel (2014), along with numerous short stories. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, he was a fiction fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and has taught at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Harvard University, and Grinnell College. Harding was also the drummer in the band Cold Water Flat throughout its existence from 1990 to 1996.

Tinkers is about the legacy of consciousness and the porousness of identity from one generation to the next. At once heartbreaking and life-affirming, it is an elegiac meditation on love, loss, and the fierce beauty of nature.

As one of Harding’s publishers has said,“Paul is a poet who writes prose, and his ability to evoke nuanced emotions through the images that he creates is remarkable.”