MMU welcomes ‘Visiting Hours’ author Amy Butcher, April 11

Mount Mercy University will welcome award-winning writer and essayist Amy Butcher to speak on April 11 in Flaherty Community Room, Basile Hall. Butcher will speak on her memoir “Visiting Hours” at a 3:30 p.m. Q&A and again during a 7 p.m. reading.

“Visiting Hours” tells the true story of Butcher’s experience when a friend had a psychotic break just before college graduation, murdering his ex-girlfriend. The memoir follows Butcher through her struggle to understand her new reality following the murder, and search for the truth of what happened.

Excerpts of her book were awarded the 2014 Iowa Review Award in nonfiction and have been distinguished as a Notable Essay in Best American Essays 2015.

Butcher, an associate professor of English at Ohio Wesleyan University, is also an essayist whose recent works appear in The New York Times, The Paris Review online, Tin House online, The Iowa Review, Guernica, Gulf Coast, Fourth Genre, The Rumpus and Brevity.

Both events are free and open to the public as a part of Mount Mercy's Visiting Writers Series. For more info, contact Mary Vermillion at

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