PULLMAN, Wash. — Guggenheim Fellow and novelist John Keeble will kick off the Washington State University’s Department of English spring writing series Feb. 20.

Keeble will read from his fiction at 7:30 p.m. in Avery Hall’s Bundy Reading Room on the WSU campus. A reception and book signing will follow.

Keeble is the author of five novels including “Yellowfish” and “Broken Ground” and numerous other works that have appeared in journals and anthologies. His essay “Black Spring in Valdez” was included in The Village Voice’s coverage of the Exxon Valdez oil spill, which received a Pulitzer nomination. The essay later evolved into the non-fiction book “Out of the Channel: The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill in Prince William Sound.” Additionally, he has served as a literary consultant for PBS and BBC.

Keeble, originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba, is the founder of the Master of Fine Arts Creative Writing Program at Eastern Washington University. After he retires this fall, he plans to accept the Coal Royalty Trust chair in creative writing at the University of Alabama.