Professor to read chapbook excerpts

A professor from Ball State University's English department will be reading an excerpt from his chapbook "How Some People Like Their Eggs" tonight.

Creative writing professor Sean Lovelace's book of short fiction was published in September by Rose Metal Press after he entered and won their annual competition.

Many of Lovelace's short stories from the chapbook focus on pop culture icons, including Charlie Brown, Cher, Andy Warhol and characters from Casablanca.

"How Some People Like Their Eggs" was written in the flash fiction genre, which means the writing is condensed and focused, much like a poem. Lovelace said each piece is less than 1,000 words.

"If you don't like the piece I read, wait two minutes and I'll read another one," he joked.

Lovelace said he enjoys using flash fiction pieces in the classes he teaches because they offer a wide variety of topics and get the point across quickly. The problem of students not reading their class assignments isn't a problem when the stories are only 200 to 300 words, he said.

"For me, as a professor, it's a perfect form to teach fiction," he said.

Lovelace is also part of a new faculty grant that allows him to study and practice writing in the flash fiction genre.

He said the style of writing has become more and more popular because of the growing popularity of online content. Flash fiction is easy and quick to read, he said.

In addition to reading excerpts, Lovelace will also be signing copies of his book at tonight's event.

"I hope [people are] entertained tonight," he said. "In the best of worlds, I hope [people will] be entertained and educated."


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