Gooch, the author of “City Poet,” the acclaimed biography of Frank O’Hara, has recently published “Flannery: A Life of Flannery O’Connor,” the definitive work on the iconic southern author.
Mary Flannery O’Connor wrote only two novels – “Wise Blood” and “The Violent Bear It Away” – and two short story collections – “A Good Man is Hard to Find” and “Everything That Rises Must Converge” – yet her influence on American literature and pop culture continues to resonate more than 4 decades after her death in 1964 from complications of lupus.
Gooch is the recipient of National Endowment for the Humanities and Guggenheim fellowships; he earned his PhD at Columbia University and is a professor of English at William Paterson University in New Jersey.
Gooch joins a selection of renowned novelists, poets, business writers, children’s writers and other authors in the Missouri Literary Festival, Oct. 2-4 at The Creamery Arts Center and Hammons Field in downtown Springfield, MO. The festival will feature public readings, book signings, live music, live arts performances, film, food and more.
Admission is $5 for adults and free to children 10 and under. Proceeds of the festival will go to support arts programming through Springfield Regional Arts Council, as well as local literacy efforts and scholarships for young writers.