Creative nonfiction writer comes to Adams State


The Adams State College English, Theatre, and Communications Department is pleased to bring creative nonfiction writer, Dr. Bob Root, to campus for a workshop at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, in the Luther Bean Museum. The event is free and open to the public. Later that same evening, at 7 p.m., Root will join graduating creative writing seniors Jason Lovato, James Wolff, Gary Glindmeyer, and Kelby Sinka for a reading of recent work in the museum.

According to the website, Root is a frequent presenter on creative nonfiction and composition at national, international, and regional conferences, his scholarship and teaching led to many articles and books, including a book for writers, "Wordsmithery". His essay "Collage, Montage, Mosaic, Vignette, Episode, Segment," originally published in The Fourth Genre, has been used often in creative writing courses across the country. He has also published two books examining how nonfiction writers do what they do, "Working at Writing: Columnists and Critics Composing and E. B. White: The Emergence of an Essayist."

Root is currently the Interview/Roundtable editor for Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction, one of the first literary journals devoted exclusively to literary nonfiction. His second book-length work of creative nonfiction, "Following Isabella", chronicles his attempt to learn how to live in Colorado by tracing the trail of nineteenth-century travel writer Isabella Bird around the Front Range.

Root received his bachelor's degree from State University College, Geneseo, New York, in English education and theater and his graduate degrees from the University of Iowa, in English literature. He also did post-graduate work in composition and rhetoric before beginning twenty-eight years of teaching at Central Michigan University. There he taught courses in composition and rhetoric, nonfiction, editing, English education, literature, and media. He retired from full time teaching in 2004 to devote more time to writing creative nonfiction and to writing about it. He currently is among the core faculty in the MFA writing program at Ashland University, Ashland, Ohio.