Joy Passanante is the author of “The Art of Absence” and “My Mother's Lovers.” Photo courtesy of the author.

The Norwich University Writers Series kicked off the 2018-19 year with author Joy Passanante on Monday, Oct. 1, at 4 pm in the Kreitzberg Library Todd Multipurpose Room.

Passanante has been publishing in three genres over four decades, including collections of poetry and short stories; a novel; and a biography-memoir. Her fiction and nonfiction have won national recognition. She also received Idaho Commission on the Arts Fellowships for both poetry and fiction as well as an Idaho Humanities Council Research Fellowship for her nonfiction.

A professor at the University of Idaho for 38 years, Passanante also served as the University of Idaho’s Associate Director of Creative Writing. Among her teaching awards is the ROTC Faculty Excellence Award for Teaching at both the University of Idaho and at Washington State University.

Her most recent book, “Through a Long Absence—Words from My Father’s Wars” (Mad Creek Books, 2017), is a biography drawn from her father’s correspondence, World War II diaries, and paintings. The author’s research included work at the Norwich University archives. Rolling Stone calls the book an “intimate and epic portrait…absorbing and affecting in every detail,” while Pulitzer Prize-winning author Allison Lurie finds it “a remarkable and moving tribute to family love and tradition.” “Through a Long Absence” was the Silver Winner in biography for the Foreword Best of the INDIES Book of the Year Award.

This event is sponsored by the Norwich University Writers Series, the Kreitzberg Library, and the Norwich University Undergraduate Research Program. The Writers Series is produced by the Norwich University College of Liberal Arts and Department of English and Communications.

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