Celebrating a ‘life in letters'
Award-winning writer Joe Coomer donates literary archive to DeGolyer Library
Acclaimed author Joe Coomer '81 recently donated his literary archive — more than 20 boxes of materials — to DeGolyer Library.
In celebration of his career and achievements, the DeGolyer has mounted a retrospective exhibition, "Joe Coomer: A Life in Letters," which continues through May 17. His literary work to date is displayed in award-winning handwritten manuscripts, galleys, letters, first editions, translations and other materials drawn from the archive.
A 30th anniversary edition of Coomer's debut novel, The Decatur Road: A Novel of the Appalachian Hill Country, has been published by the library in conjunction with the exhibit. He will sign copies and talk about his work at a reception and lecture April 18 during SMU's Founders' Day weekend. The event will begin at 6 p.m. at the library and will be free and open to the public.
"Joe Coomer is one of the great voices to emerge from SMU's English department and creative writing program," says Russell L. Martin III '78, '86, DeGolyer Director. "We are honored and delighted to have his papers, where they will join our growing collection of the archives of other contemporary writers. It is also fitting, during SMU's centennial, that we recognize our own."
For more information, please contact DeGolyer Library at 214-768-0829 or firstname.lastname@example.org.