April 28, 2016 - 7:00pm
Prairie Lights

Writers’ Workshop graduate and visiting instructor Benjamin Hale will present his new short story collection, The Fat Artist. This special event coincides with the Englert Theatre’s production The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore, a play adapted from Hale’s first novel by Working Group Theater’s artistic director Sean Lewis. The play opens Friday April 29th at the Englert, so join us the night before to meet Benjamin Hale and hear him read from his new book.

The Fat Artist is a smart, witty collection that explores the dark secrets under the surface of contemporary American lives. Hale pairs absurdity with philosophical musings on the human condition to expose the power of the secret self. From a man's illicit tryst cut short by his estranged son's homecoming, a prostitute dominatrix about to be caught with a dead US congressman, to a performance artist whose grotesque weight gain becomes an art world phenomenon, Hale's deliberate prose, dark humor, and unforgettable characters explore the secrets beneath the surface of contemporary American lives.

Benjamin Hale’s fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Conjunctions, Harper's Magazine, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Dissent, The L Magazine, The Millions, and has been anthologized in Best American Science and Nature Writing 2013. He is a senior editor of Conjunctions and teaches at Bard College, but is Visiting Faculty at the Writers’ Workshop this semester.