PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University will present critically acclaimed American author Dorothy Allison when she visits the Pullman campus March 30 to give a literary reading in Kimbrough Concert Hall.

This 7:30 p.m. reading is free and open to the public. A book signing will follow. The event is sponsored by the WSU Department of English 2004-2005 Visiting Writer’s Series, with support from the Visual, Performing and Literary Arts Committee.

Allison is known for her brutal honesty and is a well-known teller of forbidden stories. Through her fiction, poetry and essays she provides a telling portrait of life on the fringe of society with uncompromising realism and compassion.  Her poignant style breaches the boundaries of social class and American culture.

Her works include “The Women Who Hate Me: Poetry 1980-1990” (1991), “Trash: Stories” (1988), “Bastard Out of Carolina” (1992), critically acclaimed essays in “Skin: Talking About Sex, Class and Literature” (1994), Two or Three Things I Know for Sure” (1995) and “Cavedweller” (1998).

The event is part of the VPLAC 2004-05 Series “Crossing Boundaries,” funded by services and activities fees and in-kind support from the Office of Campus Involvement and the School of Music and Theatre Arts.