Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Edison State Professor Authors Book

Edison State Professor Steve Marlowe reads a chapter from his book “Digging Up The Bones” to a crowded room.
Edison State Community College Assistant Professor of English Steve Marlowe added yet another achievement to his already impressive resume as author of “Digging Up the Bones.”

“Digging Up the Bones” follows three generations of an Appalachian family, spanning the 1960’s to present day. Throughout the book, readers engage in the lives of numerous characters that are complexly intertwined. The book’s description reads: “This is not a family–it’s a world; this is not a book–it’s an indictment; these words are not written–they’re howled.”

Fellow English department professors honored Marlowe with a special reading and reception in the Edison State Art Gallery on Tuesday, April 26. As Marlowe read the chapter “The Done Thing,” classic films “I’m from Arkansas” and “Child Bride” played without sound to contrast visually those movies’ stereotypical portrayals of rural life with what Marlowe hopes are more sympathetic stories.

Marlowe went on to explain how readers can apply principles from the book to everyday life. “It’s great to embrace who you are and reappropriate negative stereotypes people may have against you or your culture. In doing so, you rob them of the ability to harm you with those stereotypes.”

In addition to his role as an Edison State professor, Marlowe is an attorney and writer who earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from one of the most respected writing programs in the nation–the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Marlowe’s work has appeared in numerous publications, and Roundabout Press recently published his critically acclaimed short–story collection, “Digging Up The Bones.”

A guest musician and student in Marlowe’s class, Isaac Newhouse, performed prior to the reading and light refreshments were served. A crowd of nearly seventy from the campus community attended to support Marlowe.

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