Corey Michael Dalton: An Introduction
Hello, fellow Kurt Vonnegut fans! Because this is my first post for the official blog of the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library (KVML), I thought I’d take a moment to introduce myself. My name is Corey Michael Dalton and I will be joining my friends Shannon Bahler and Rebeccah Glass as one of the bloggers here. The three of us will be posting content at least once a week, so please stop by often for updates. Our aim is to make the KVML blog as friendly and interactive as possible. Sure, we’ll be giving you all the latest news and updates on the progress of the library itself, but we’ll also be discussing broader, less time-sensitive topics such as our own reactions to Vonnegut’s various writings, the man’s sometimes complicated relationship with his hometown of Indianapolis, his influence on the work of other writers, and so forth.
What’s my background and why am I qualified to talk about the works of Kurt Vonnegut? Great hypothetical questions! I have been working as a professional writer for over a decade, having written and edited for newspapers, pharmaceutical companies, major publishing lines, corporate websites, and blogs. I have also written two middle-grade novels and numerous short stories, I am the founder of an Indianapolis-based fiction-writing group, and I am currently getting my Master of Fine Arts degree from Butler University. I was one of Julia Whitehead’s earliest recruits to the KVML, so I have been involved with the organization nearly from its inception. I currently sit on the Board of Advisors. Admittedly, my relationship with the work of Kurt Vonnegut is not as extensive as many of the other folks who are helping to build the KVML. I first read one of his novels in high school (Slaughterhouse Five, naturally), and I have sporadically revisited his writing since then. I am no Vonnegut scholar. Instead, I will be learning about his life and works right alongside you all, and I hope you’ll be interested in learning with me.
As part of my own learning process, I plan to post a series of blog entries here where I read Vonnegut’s novels in order and react to them as a fairly naïve reader. Feel free to read along with me and post your comments to the blog! Part of the fun of contributing to a blog is connecting with other folks with whom you share an interest. In that vein, I hope that many of you will come out and meet some of us KVML volunteers in person at the 2nd Annual GermanFest in downtown Indy on October 9. The library will have a booth beside the Athenaeum, which I’ll be manning from 10 a.m. to noon. Please come and say hi!
P.S. If anyone has any ideas for blog articles or would like to contribute a guest entry, feel free to drop me an e-mail at [email protected] My fellow bloggers and I welcome any and all suggestions!