WALLA WALLA, Wash.— Poet and essayist Mary Karr, author of the best-selling memoirs “Liars’ Club” and “Cherry,” will present a reading of her works Thursday, Sept. 14, on the Whitman College campus. Karr garnered critical acclaim for her vivid and often humorous portrayal in “Liars’ Club” of her deeply troubled 1960s childhood growing up in a gritty, industrial section of East Texas. She followed that with the equally successful “Cherry,” about her late adolescence and early womanhood. She will speak at 7 p.m. in Kimball Theatre, Hunter Conservatory, corner of Park and Boyer, on the Whitman College campus. Her presentation, sponsored by Whitman’s Visiting Writers Reading Series, is free and open to the public. Please call 527-5156 for more information.

A controversial figure in the American poetry “establishment” due to her Pushcart award-winning essay “Against Decoration,” Karr has published four books of poetry and has received literary acclaim for her work from Time, The New York Times, The Washington Post and the San Francisco Chronicle.

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CONTACT: Lenel Parish, Whitman College News Service, (509) 527-5156

Email: parishlj@whitman.edu