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Release Date: June 8, 2011ASU Logo

Award-Winning Author/Cartoonist to Speak at ASU

Angelo State University’s English Department will host Lynda Barry, an award-winning author and cartoonist, Monday and Tuesday, June 20-21, for several speaking events on the ASU campus.

The author of Ernie Pook’s Comeek, a syndicated comic strip that appeared in alternative weeklies for two decades, Barry will lead a creative writing workshop from 3-5 p.m. Tuesday, June 21, in Room 219 of the ASU Academic Building, 2502 Dena Drive. The workshop is open free to the public and no writing experience is necessary, but space is limited. Reservations are recommended and should be sent to Dr. Laurence Musgrove, English Department head, at

Then at 7 p.m., Barry will present her free public lecture, “Writing the Unthinkable,” in the Carr Education-Fine Arts Building’s Eldon Black Recital Hall, 2602 Dena Drive. She will address why people wish they could write, sing, dance and draw long after they have quit trying. She will also discuss whether creative activity has a biological function; and the relationship between working with images and the feeling that life is something worth living.

Barry will also speak to students in Musgrove’s graphic novels class on June 20, and to graphics art professor Ben Sum’s class on June 21.

In addition to compiling her comic strip, Barry has worked as a painter, writer, illustrator, playwright, editor, commentator and teacher. Her credits include the books One Hundred Demons; The Greatest of Marlys Cruddy: An Illustrated Novel; and Naked Ladies! Naked Ladies! Naked Ladies! Another of her books, The Good Times are Killing Me, was adapted as an off-Broadway play and won the Governor’s Award in Washington State. Barry also won the Eisner Award for Best Reality-Based Graphic Novel for her best-selling creative writing how-to graphic novel, What It Is.

For more information about Barry, go online to For more information on her ASU events, call the English Department at 942-2273.

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