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Professor Geoghegan Presents Her Latest Book at the JFRC

Professor Geoghegan Presents Her Latest Book at the JFRC

Elizabeth Geoghegan, author and professor of creative writing and English literature, presented her latest book at the JFRC on October 23.

Professor Geoghegan, who was born in New York, grew up in the Midwest, and is a longtime resident of Rome, has taught at the JFRC since 2009. She earned an MFA in fiction writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MA in creative writing from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Her most recent book, eightball, is a collection of short stories spanning the globe, from a Bangkok hotel to a Seattle bar to – of course – the JFRC’s very own Rome, with a story set in Trastevere. Common themes such as intimacy, addiction, and loss thread the stories together.

Two of Geoghegan’s “Writing Rome” students began the event with a brief introduction of their professor, sharing some biographical information as well as some bibliographical information about her previous work, including the collections Natural Disasters and The Marco Chronicles.

Geoghegan read from two of the stories in her new collection, The Violet Hour, in which the Indonesian tsunami of 2004 plays an important role, and the title story, eightball, about a fraught relationship between adult siblings.

The reading was followed by a Q&A session, during which students had the chance to ask Geoghegan specific questions about the stories in her book as well as more general questions about the writing process. Geoghegan ended with some sound advice to any aspiring writers in the room: Don’t wait for ten years to start writing. Just start today.