Illinois State University has established the David Foster Wallace Memorial Reading Series and Award. Created to bring to their campus writers who will energize and challenge the community, the fund will also periodically honor a graduate or undergraduate student whose writing engages its subjects from an original, committed, and humane perspective. Tax-deductible donations may be mailed to Illinois State University Foundation, Box 8000, Normal, IL 61790-8000. Checks should be made out to “ISU Foundation, David Foster Wallace Memorial Fund.” Donations may also be made online, here. Gifts should be designated as being for the David Foster Wallace Memorial Fund.
David Foster Wallace was a member of the English Department faculty at Illinois State University from 1993 to 2002. During his years there, he completed Infinite Jest, A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again, and Brief Interviews With Hideous Men. He was an outstanding colleague and teacher whose contributions to Illinois State University and to the world of letters this award will honor in perpetuity.
This is one I’ll be donating to.