SCF to Host Writer-in-Residence Josip Novakovich

(Bradenton, Fla., January 7, 2013) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) language and literature department, in partnership with the Hermitage Artist Retreat, welcomes award-winning author and creative writing professor Josip Novakovich as a writer in residence, including readings open to the public at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 15, at SCF Venice, 8000 S. Tamiami Trail, building 300, room 307, and 7-9 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 17, at SCF Bradenton, 5840 26th St. West, building 27, room 105.

Novakovich, a creative writing professor at Concordia University in Montreal, has published collections of fiction and essays including “Infidelities: Stories of War and Lust,” “April Fool's Day,” “Yolk,” “Salvation and Other Disasters,” “Apricots from Chernobyl,” The Art of Coughing,and “Shopping for a Better Country.” He also has been anthologized in “Best American Poetry,” “The Pushcart Prize” and others.

He was the recipient of the Whiting Writer’s Award, the Ingram Merrill Award and an American Book Award, and he has been a writing fellow of the New York Library and of the Black Mountain Institute in Las Vegas.

Novakovich moved to the United States from Croatia when he was 20 to study at Vassar College where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. He also has a Master of Divinity degree from Yale University and a Master of Arts in English and Creative Writing from the University of Texas at Austin.

The event is sponsored by the Eaton Fund. For more information, call Dr. Doug Ford at 941-408-1501 or


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