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March 13, 2009

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Nicholas Mascari
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Author Cartoonist Lynda Berry Visits Writers Forum

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Brockport, NY – Author and cartoonist Lynda Barry will be the next guest of the Brockport Writers Forum speakers series at 8 pm, Wednesday, March 25, in the New York Room, Cooper Hall. Barry’s talk is free and open to the public.

Barry is one of the most successful non-mainstream American cartoonists, perhaps best known for her weekly comic strip Ernie Pook's Comeek. Barry's cartoons often view family life from the perspective of pre-teen girls from the wrong side of the tracks, but she often ventures far afield from this, such as in her strips featuring a Beat poet poodle named Fred Milton.

She also has written novels such as Cruddy and The Good Times are Killing Me, the latter of which was made into a play. One Hundred Demons, a graphic novel she terms "autobifictionalography," uses collage and a Zen ink painting exercise to address personal and social topics that have been demonized. Her book What It Is is a graphic novel that is part memoir, part collage and part workbook in which Barry instructs her readers in methods to open up their own creativity.

Founded in 1967, the Brockport Writers Forum is recognized as one of the outstanding series of readings in this country. Its guests have included many distinguished poets, writers and critics. In addition to its program of readings, the Writers Forum sponsors residencies, workshops, symposia and festivals… all dedicated to the art of writing.

For more information, call The Brockport Writers Forum, (585) 395-5713 or visit www.brockport.edu/wforum.

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