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Lynda Barry

Lynda Barry, an Associate Professor in Interdisciplinary Creativity at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is a painter, cartoonist, writer, illustrator, playwright, and editor. Her comic strip Ernie Pook’s Comeek is a classic, having been syndicated in alternative weeklies for over two decades. Barry has authored 21 books, worked as a commentator for NPR, and had a regular monthly feature in Esquire, Mother Jones Magazine, Mademoiselle, and Salon. Her most recent book, Making Comics, was awarded the 2020 Eisner Award for Best Comics-Related Book + Best Publication Design. Barry has received many awards and fellowships, including the American Library Association’s Alex Award, the 2017 Milton Caniff Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Cartoonists Society, and a MacArthur Fellowship.

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Durst Distinguished Lecture Series

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Roy and Shirley Durst Distinguished Chair in Literature, 2021-2022