Teresa Stores on Frost Heaves
Come join us at this week’s Philosophy Club meeting Thursday, April 26th from 12:15 to 1:45 in 421 Auerbach Hall as our own T Stores reads from and discusses her newest publication, Frost Heaves. In T’s own words:
My new collection of stories, Frost Heaves, is centered around the book’s epigraph, a quote from Einstein:
A human being is a part of the whole, called by us "Universe,” a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest—a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security.
We’ll start with a discussion of this quote. Next I’ll read from the book which will open into a discussion about how I crafted the each of the stories to try to get at the idea behind the Einstein quote.
T Stores is the author of three novels (Getting to the Point, SideTracks, and Backslide) and a collection of short fiction, Frost Heaves, which is just out from Green Writers’ Press. Her work has appeared in Sinister Wisdom, Harrington Literary Quarterly, Rock & Sling, Cicada, Out Magazine, Blithe House, Oregon Literary Review, Bloom Magazine, Rock & Sling, Earth’s Daughters, Blueline, Saw Palm, Kudzu, Fourth Genre and Minerva Rising, among others. Honors include grants from the Vermont Arts Council and Barbara Deming Fund, residencies at Bread Loaf, Squaw Valley, and Shiro Oni, and two Pushcart Prize nominations. A graduate of the M.F.A. program at Emerson College, she is Professor and Associate Dean at the University of Hartford.
The University of Hartford Philosophy Club has an informal, jovial atmosphere. It is a place where students, professors, and people from the community at large meet as peers. Sometimes presentations are given, followed by discussion. Other times, topics are hashed out by the whole group.
Presenters may be students, professors, or people from the community. Anyone can offer to present a topic. The mode of presentation may be as formal or informal as the presenter chooses.
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T Stores - Time Travelers