LEWISTON – Award-winning fiction writer Michael Hyde will read from his work Wednesday, Feb. 6, at Bates College. His debut short story collection, “What Are You Afraid Of?,” won the 2005 Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction.

Powerful and haunting, the 10 stories of this debut collection imagine a world where dreams and reality merge, often with dangerous consequences. Reviewers have said that Hyde’s work “combines the gothic sensibility of Flannery O’Connor and the restrained prose of Raymond Carver.”

Born in Pennsylvania, Hyde received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s of fine arts from the writing program at Columbia University. His short fiction has appeared in the Ontario Review, Bloom, Xconnect, Mars Hill Review, New Millennium Writings, and The Best American Mystery Stories. He lives in New York City, where he teaches writing and literature at the Fashion Institute of Technology and has recently completed a novel.

The reading will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Skelton Lounge.

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