CORVALLIS, Ore. – Writer Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich will read at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 18 in the Valley Library Rotunda on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis. A question-and-answer session and book signing will follow.

Marzano-Lesnevich is the author of “The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir,” a hybrid of the true crime and memoir genres published by Flatiron Books in 2017. “The Fact of a Body” was named one of the most anticipated books of 2017 by Buzzfeed, BookRiot and the Huffington Post, and a “must-read” for May 2017 by Goodreads,, Entertainment Weekly, Real Simple and People.

Marzano-Lesnevich’s writing also has appeared in the anthologies “Waveform: Twenty-First Century Essays by Women” and “True Crime” as well as in publications such as The New York Times, Oxford American, Lit Hub, The Rumpus and Salon.

Marzano-Lesnevich is the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Award, a Pushcart Prize nomination and the Annie Dillard Award in Creative Nonfiction. Her essays have been named Notable Selections for Best American Essays in 2013, 2015 and 2016. She has also been awarded fellowships from The National Endowment for the Arts, MacDowell and Yaddo.

Marzano-Lesnevich holds an undergraduate degree from Columbia University, a doctorate in law from Harvard and a master of fine arts from Emerson College. She lives in Boston, where she teaches at Grub Street and in the graduate public policy program at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

The reading is part of the 2017-2018 Visiting Writers Series, which brings nationally acclaimed writers to Oregon State University. This series is sponsored by the MFA Program in Creative Writing at OSU, with support from the OSU Libraries and Press, the OSU School of Writing, Literature, and Film, the College of Liberal Arts, Kathy Brisker and Tim Steele and Grass Roots Books and Music.

The event is free and open to the public. The Valley Library is located at 201 S.W. Waldo Place, Corvallis.

College of Liberal Arts

About the OSU College of Liberal Arts: The College of Liberal Arts encompasses seven distinct schools, as well as several interdisciplinary initiatives, that focus on humanities, social sciences, and fine and performing arts. Curriculum developed by the college’s nationally and internationally-renowned faculty prepares students to approach the complex problems of the world ethically and thoughtfully, contributing to a student's academic foundation and helping to build real-world skills for a 21st century career and a purposeful life.

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