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March 5, 2013

Rothbart brothers perform at Purdue spoken word event

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue's Creative Writing Department is hosting "An Evening with Davy and Peter Rothbart: Nonfiction, Music, and 'FOUND Magazine' Spoken Word Event" at 7:30 p.m. March 19 in Mathews Hall, Room 210, on campus. 

The free, public program features the brotherly duo known for their sense of humor reading excerpts from Davy's new memoir, "My Heart is an Idiot," and pieces from the latest issue of FOUND.

Davy is the creator of FOUND Magazine, which now has three book-length anthologies. The magazine is composed of "found" letters and notes that prefigured popular sites, such as PostSecret. In addition to authoring "My Heart is an Idiot," Davy is a contributor to "This American Life." He writes regularly for GQ and Grantland, with work also appearing in The New York Times and The New Yorker.  Peter will play folk music as part of the act, and they'll both share some jokes.

"The Poem Adept," Peter's award-winning folk music, has been featured on NPR, and in Spin and Rolling Stone, among others. He often draws inspiration for his music from the letters sent to FOUND. His most recent album is "You Are What You Dream."

The Creative Writing Program, the Department of English and the College of Liberal Arts are sponsoring the Rothbarts' visit as part of this year's Visiting Writers Series.

Writer: Morgan Stephens, 765-490-4855, morganlstephens@gmail.com

Sources: Lindsey Alexander, visiting writers series coordinator, 502-836-1719, alexanl@purdue.edu                

Porter Shreve, director of the creative writing program, pshreve@purdue.edu