Authors Tanya Biank and Tracy Crow Speak to Saint Leo Audiences in April

March 06, 2013

Saint Leo University has arranged for two authors known for telling contemporary stories of women and military life to appear before university audiences in April. The two, separate events will take place in Virginia and at University Campus as part of the ongoing 40th Military Anniversary.

Saint Leo is creating special programming at many teaching locations to help commemorate 40 years of providing educational services to servicemembers, veterans, and their families. The events will continue through Veterans Day 2013.

At 1 p.m., on Thursday, April 4, Tanya Biank, author of Army Wives will speak at Fort Eustis Jacobs Theater, at the corner of Monroe and Jackson avenues in Newport News, VA, 23604. A book signing will follow. Army Wives was the inspiration for the popular drama still running on the Lifetime cable television network.

Her new book, just out in February, is titled Undaunted: The Real Story of America's Servicewomen in Today's Military.

The program is free and open to the public, though reservations are appreciated. Email Virginia@saintleo.edu by April 1.

At 3:30 p.m., Friday, April 5, Marine memoirist Tracy Crow will speak at University Campus in Greenfelder-Denlinger Boardroom C of the Student Community Center. She is the author of Eyes Right: Confessions from a Woman Marine, about her experiences as a military journalist during the groundbreaking 1980s. Eyes Right won the bronze distinction in the recent Florida Book Awards.

Additionally, her short story, "Natural Selection," based on events from her life as a Marine, has been anthologized alongside work from Tim O'Brien, Tobias Wolff, and Kurt Vonnegut in the Press 53 collection Home of the Brave. Crow has also written a novel (using the pen name Carver Greene) called An Unlawful Order featuring a female military officer as the main character.

She teaches creative writing at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida.

This event is also free and open to the public, with parking available in the garage at University Campus. Her appearance coincides with the beginning of Alumni Weekend at University Campus, at 33701 State Road 52, Saint Leo, four miles east of Interstate 75 (Exit 285).

For further information on this event, please contact Nikki Collins, assistant director of alumni relations at (352) 588-8837 or nichole.collins@saintleo.edu.