Amy Hempel — award-winning author of Sing to It, The Dog of the Marriage, Tumble Home, and At the Gates of the Animal Kingdom — will read her work in a virtual event on Wednesday, October 21, from 7 to 9 p.m.

Sponsored by the Department of English, the free event is open to the public as well as to the Virginia Tech community. A Q&A will follow the reading.

Hempel’s stories have appeared in Harper’s, Vanity Fair, GQ, Tin House, and The Harvard Review, and they have been widely anthologized, including in Best American Short Stories and The Best Nonrequired Reading. She teaches at Bennington College and at Stony Brook Southampton.

“Hempel is unique,” a Chicago Tribune reviewer wrote. “Her word-by-word virtuosity is off the charts; her artistic evolution is phenomenal.” A San Francisco Chronicle reviewer wrote, “Amy Hempel’s dazzling wit and exquisite use of language are impossible to disclaim.

Register here to participate in the event. Contact Matthew Vollmer at with any questions.