Winter With the Writers

Philip F. Deaver

Philip F. Deaver is an American author and poet.

Philip F. Deaver: Master Class

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Lindsay Granduke previews Deaver's visit.
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Jenna Lindsey recaps Deaver's visit.
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February 11, 2016, 4:00 p.m.

Philip F. Deaver: Master Class
Guest writer Brian Turner will teach the class. Turner is the author of Here, Bullet (poetry) and My Life as a Foreign Country, "a war memoir of unusual literary beauty and power."
SunTrust Auditorium

February 11, 2016, 7:30 p.m.

Philip F. Deaver: Reading and Book Signing
Jill Jones, Ryan Rivas, Brian Turner, and Ryan Favata will join Philip F. Deaver in reading portions of Forty Martyrs. The author will sign copies of his new novel.
Bush Auditorium

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Philip F. Deaver is an American author and poet. He was born in Chicago and grew up in Tuscola, Illinois, the oldest of two children. He has lived in Florida since 1984, and since 1998 has been writer in residence and a professor of English at Rollins College.

Many of his stories, published widely in literary magazines, are set in Douglas County, Illinois.

In 1986, Philip became the 13th winner of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, resulting in the publication of his collection Silent Retreats, re-released in paperback by the University of Georgia Press in the spring of 2008. He is the author of a collection of poetry, How Men Pray (Anhinga Press, 2005). He co-edited an anthology of writing from central Florida entitled Orlando Group and Friends (Arbiter, 1998) and was the editor of an anthology of creative nonfiction essays on baseball, Scoring From Second: Writers on Baseball.

Deaver writes a blog, Long Pine Limited, on the art and craft of literary fiction.

In the fall of 2015, Burrow Press will publish Forty Martyrs, which follows the intertwining lives of a psychologist, his wife, his lover, his lover’s husband, and his lover’s own paramour in the small town of Tuscola, Illinois. Deaver’s natural storytelling voice draws readers in with its familiar rhythms. Through narrative shifts in tone, perspective, and time surrounding the book’s major events—a fire and a stabbing—Deaver creates a beautiful symphonic effect, an ode to small towns and Midwestern lives.