Dr. Ezekiel Jarvis to Present Reading at Melick Library, on Zoom
October 15, 2020
EUREKA — On Wednesday, Eureka College English and creative writing professor Dr. Ezekiel Jarvis will share with the campus community some passages from his latest works.
The reading will take place in the Gammon Room of the Melick Library on Oct. 21 at 7 p.m.
In-person attendance is limited to 20 people, but a Zoom link will be shared with those who want to join virtually. To RSVP for in-person attendance, or to receive access to the Zoom, call 309-467-6301 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jarvis’s work has appeared in Moon City Review, 2 Bridges Review, and Posit, among other places. He is the author of five books, including So Anyway …, In A Family Way and Lifelong Learning, and two new releases, The Three of Them and Antisocial Norms.
The Three of Them is a young adult novel about three disabled teens who work together to counteract a dark force in their high school. It was written partially as a response to the lack of meaningful representation of disability in the young adult genre. Jarvis's own daughter has cerebral palsy, and, after searching for books featuring protagonists with physical disabilities, he decided that he needed to write one.
Jarvis's most recent collection of short prose, Antisocial Norms, features stories that examine and challenge social norms. From the tendency of people to ignore others' suffering under the guise of politeness to the unbridled desire to achieve fame (or notoriety), these stories use a combination of humor and horror to highlight the absurdity of our world.
Earlier this year, Jarvis received Eureka College’s 2020 Helen Cleaver Distinguished Teaching Award.
Located in Eureka, Illinois, and chartered in 1855, Eureka College cultivates excellence in learning, service and leadership while providing students uniquely personalized and custom educational opportunities.
Originally founded by abolitionist members of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Eureka College holds the unique distinction of being the first college in Illinois and only the third in the nation to admit men and women on an equal basis. The College, which is located on nearly 70 wooded acres in central Illinois is the smallest of only 23 colleges and universities to ever award a bachelor’s degree to a future President of the United States.