Author Susan O’Neill to speak at FMU April 1

Florence, SC - From Francis Marion University

FLORENCE, SC – Francis Marion University will host author, columnist and editor Susan O'Neill on Thursday, April 1.

O'Neill will read from and discuss her collection, Don't Mean Nothing: Short Stories of Vietnam beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Cauthen Educational Media Center's Lowrimore Auditorium. Admission is free and open to the public.

The stories in Don't Mean Nothing are based on O'Neill's experience as an Army nurse during the Vietnam War. FMU English professor Jon Tuttle said the compilation offers a "sometimes harrowing, always poignant perspective on the war from a point of view we don't usually consider: that of the caregiver behind and sometimes on the battle lines." These and other of her stories and essays have appeared in professional journals and literary magazines. O'Neill has been nominated for Pushcart Prizes in both short fiction and non-fiction and has edited Vestal Review, an on-line and print literary journal for "flash fiction" since it began more than ten years ago.

Still a registered nurse, O'Neill earned a bachelor's degree in journalism late in life and, as she says, "starved for a couple years as a reporter, and once sang in a band."

Her topical essays can be found in two blogs, both linked to her website ( Some of her books will be on sale at the reading, but are also available online.

The event is sponsored by the FMU Honors Program, the School of Nursing and the Department of English. O'Neill will also meet with FMU students the next day to discuss his novel, "The Vietnam War & American Culture."

For more information, contact Tuttle at (843) 661-1521 or