News Releases

February 6 , 2013
For Immediate Release
For additional information: 

Jennifer Kirby
Clark College Communications and Marketing

Telephone:  360-992-2219


The Clark College Columbia Writers Series hosts Charles D'Ambrosio

Charles D'Ambrosio

The master of short fiction reads and speaks on February 13

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Clark College will welcome nationally recognized short-fiction writer and essayist Charles D’Ambrosio during the winter quarter installment of its renowned Columbia Writers Series.

D’Ambrosio, whom critics have often compared to such luminaries of American short fiction as Raymond Carver and Thom Jones, will read from some of his most recent works and speak about writing from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 13, in Clark’s Penguin Student Lounge, located in the Penguin Union Building. The event is free and open to the public. Directions and maps are available at

Individuals who need accommodation due to a disability in order to fully participate in this event should contact Clark College’s Disability Support Services (DSS) Office at (360) 992-2314 or (360) 991-0901 (VP). The DSS office is located in room 137 in Clark’s Gaiser Hall.

The Columbia Writers Series was launched at Clark College in 1988, bringing local, national and international authors to the college and the region. Information about the Columbia Writers Series is available at

 About Charles D'Ambrosio

Seattle native Charles D'Ambrosio is the author of two short story collections, The Point and The Dead Fish Museum, as well as the essay collection Orphans. The Point was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year as well as a finalist for the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award, and The Dead Fish Museum was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. Many of his stories were originally published in The New Yorker, and others have appeared in The Paris Review, Zoetrope All-Story, and A Public Space.

A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, D'Ambrosio now teaches in the program as a visiting faculty member. He is also on the faculty of Portland State University’s Creative Writing MFA program. Among other honors, D'Ambrosio has received the Whiting Writers’ Award, an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Washington State Book Award, and a Rasmuson Fellowship from United States Artists.