Sep 28, 2018, 6:00 pm



Wasatch Front Region


Bountiful Davis Art Center
90 N Main St
Bountiful , UT 84010-6132
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Authors Lance Olsen, Shanan Ballam, Kristin Scott, and Michael McLane will help kick off the Bountiful Davis Art Center's new exhibition "Ars Moriendi: The Art of Dying" with readings of their work and a short discussion of the that notions of death and mortality have played in their work. This event will start at 6:00 PM and will be followed by an opening reception for the exhibition.

This event is part of the BDAC's exhibition Ars Moriendi: The Art of Dying, curated by Chauncey Secrist. Ars Moriendi seeks to encourage reflection and thoughtful discussion about the subject of death and how its universality connects us and can encourage empathy and connection between all people.

Lance Olsen is author of thirteen novels, one hypertext, six nonfiction works, five short-story collections, a poetry chapbook, and two anti-textbooks about innovative writing, as well as editor of two collections of essays about innovative contemporary fiction. Olsen is a Guggenheim and an N.E.A. fellowship recipient; and former governor-appointed Idaho Writer-in-Residence. His work has been translated into German, Italian, Polish, Turkish, Finnish, and Portuguese. He has taught at the University of Idaho, the University of Kentucky, the University of Iowa, the University of Virginia, on summer- and semester-abroad programs in Oxford and London, on a Fulbright in Finland, at various writing conferences, and elsewhere. Olsen currently teaches experimental narrative theory and practice at the University of Utah. He serves as Chair of the Board of Directors at Fiction Collective Two; founded in 1974, FC2 is one of America's best-known ongoing literary experiments and progressive art communities.

Kirstin Scott is the author of the novel Motherlunge, which won the AWP Prize for the Novel and the Utah Original Writing Competition. Her short stories have appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Sonora Review, Western Humanities Review, PANK, and elsewhere. She works as a medical writer and lives in Salt Lake City with her family. She is currently working on a novel about a gynecologist named Ajax.

Shanan Ballam is the author of the chapbook The Red Riding Hood Papers (Finishing Line 2010) and a full-length poetry manuscript Pretty Marrow (Negative Capability 2013), a semi-finalist for the 2010 Brittingham and Pollak Poetry Prizes, the 2010 May Swenson Award, the 2010 Philip Levine Prize in Poetry, and the 2012 Louise Bogan Award; in 2012 it received first place in the Utah Division of Arts and Museums Original Writing Contest, judged by Sue Walker, former Poet Laureate of Alabama. In 2013, Shanan was appointed to the Utah Arts Council Board of Directors and served a 4-year term.

Michael McLane is the author of the chapbook Trace Elements and is an editor with Sugar House Review and saltfront: studies in human habit(at). His work has appeared in numerous journals, including High Country News, Western Humanities Review, Denver Quarterly, Dark Mountain,, Colorado Review, and The Laurel Review. McLane lives in Salt Lake City, where he serves as director of both the Utah Center for the Book at Utah Humanities and the annual Utah Humanities Book Festival.

This event was made possible with support from the Bountiful Arts Center and Utah Humanities.