About the Author
Joseph F. Trimmer is Professor of English and Director of The Virginia B. Ball Center for Creative Inquiry at Ball State University. The author of numerous articles on literature, culture and literacy, Professor Trimmer's books include THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR FICTION: THE FIRST TWENTY-FIVE YEARS ; UNDERSTANDING OTHERS: CULTURAL AND CROSS-CULTURAL STUDIES AND THE TEACHING OF LITERATURE ; and NARRATION AS KNOWLEDGE: TALES OF THE TEACHING LIFE . Professor Trimmer has also worked on twenty documentary films for PBS including the six-part series, Middletown . His textbooks include WRITING WITH A PURPOSE, 14th edition ; THE RIVERSIDE READER 8e, ; and eFICTIONS .