Author: CityArt at the library Date: To: City Art Subject: Reading with Two Bill Coles at City Art!
William H. Coles and Bill Coles Reading
Salt Lake Public Library Main Branch
210 East 400 South
Salt Lake City UT 84111
Wednesday February 9th 7:00—9:00 P.M.
City Art presents a night of two William Coles with Bill Coles and William H.
Coles reading from their works at the Salt Lake Public Library Main Branch on
Wednesday February 9th at 7:00 as part of the City Art Reading Series.
Bill Coles is an Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at the University of Utah.
Born and raised in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, he has lived in Salt Lake City
with his wife Joan since 1956. He has been fully retired since 2001, and has
turned his interests from differential equations and mathematical ecology to
becoming a writer. So far his non-scientific writings have appeared in Catalyst,
City Art, Salt Lake City magazine, and—here his memory fails him—perhaps a few
William H. Coles, MD, MS, has had work appear in the Chattahoochee Review and
Miscellany. For eight years he reviewed poetry for the Journal of the American
Medical Association and won the Callenwolde Prize (Atlanta) for best poem
(”Unwed Girl”). He was finalist (short story) in the William Faulkner Creative
Writing (2007) Competition short listed the novel (2007), previously, placed
five times as a semi-finalist for novel (2004-2010), and a finalist (2006) for
short story. He won both first and second place (two stories) in the Sandhills
Writers’ Competition 2006. In 2008, seven stories placed as finalists in the
Faulkner Competition, one as three equivalent winners. He was a finalist in the
2010 Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction. He also wrote scripts for
editorials and weekly radio segments on jazz for the NPR affiliate WBFO that
were presented on air. He published Story in Literary Fiction: A Manual for
Writer in 2007, and in 2008, Literary Story as an Art Form: A Text for Writers.
In 2010 he published Facing Grace with Gloria and Other Stories. He won the
Conrad Berens Award Competition for best film on a medical subject.
He is a former ophthalmic surgeon specializing in ocular trauma who lives in
Salt Lake City, Utah with his wife who is a pediatric retina surgeon and
researcher. He has served as Department Chairman, State University of New York
at Buffalo; Regent for the American College of Surgeons, President Association
of University Professors in Ophthalmology. He has held academic appointments at
Louisiana State University, Medical University of South Carolina, Emory
University School of Medicine, and State University of New York at Buffalo where
he is presently Professor Emeritus. He has lectured internationally on surgery,
Georgian antique furniture, and jazz and recently presented the lectures, "How
Humor Works in Literary Fiction" and "Narration in Literary Fiction: Making the
Right Choices" at
Kenyon College in 2009.
The event is free and open to the public. City Art is sponsored by the Utah
Arts Council, the Salt Lake City Arts Council, Zoo, Arts, and Parks, X-Mission,
and audience donations. The featured reading will be followed by an open