By Mia Chard
Morgan native Mario Chard was a featured speaker at this year’s National Undergraduate Literature Conference hosted by Weber State University.
The National Undergraduate Literature Conference (NULC), an annual event that has run for over 20 years, gives undergraduates from across the country the chance to showcase their creative or scholarly work to their peers and hear from influential writers in contemporary literature.
Mario Chard now joins company with the likes of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Norman Mailer and former U.S. Poet Laureate W.S. Merwin who have both been speakers at the conference in past years, along with many other celebrated contemporary poets and writers.
This year’s other authors included Jay Parini and Phyllis Barber. The conference was held Thursday, April 4, through Saturday, April 6.
Mario opened the conference by speaking at the Special NULC Community Reading at Weber State University on Wednesday, April 3. He spoke at the WSU Val A. Browning Center for the Performing Arts and then participated in an author question and answer session with Phyllis Barber at the same location.
Mario was raised in Morgan County and went on to receive a Bachelors of Arts degree from Weber State University and a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Purdue University. He is currently a Wallace Stegnar Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University. He lives in San Jose with his wife, Wendy, and their two sons.