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Visiting Writers - Fall 2003

 

Fiction Writer
Tom Chiarella

reading
Thursday
September 25, 2003
7:30 p.m.
Peeler Art Center Auditorium

DePauw Professor, author of Foley's Luck, and contributing editor to Esquire magazine.

 

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Fiction Writer
Dan Chaon

reading
Thursday
September 25, 2003
7:30 p.m.
Meharry Hall


Dan Chaon's
book of short stories, Among the Missing, was a finalist for the 2001 National Book Award. In addition, the collection was listed as one of the ten best books of 2001 by The American Library Association, The Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe, The Las Vegas Mercury, and Entertainment Weekly. It was also cited by Publisher's Weekly, The Washinton Post and The New York Times as one of the Notable Books of the year. The collection has been translated into several languages.

Chaon's stories have appeared in many journals and anthologies, and have been included in Best American Short Stories of 1996 and 2003, The Pushcart Prize 2000, 2002, and 2003, and the O'Henry Prize Stories, 2001, where his story "Big Me" was chosen as the 2nd Prize winner. His first collection of short stories, Fitting Ends, was published by Northwestern University Press in 1996, and has been reissued by Ballantine Books (2003) in a revised edition. A novel, You Remind Me of Me, is forthcoming from Ballantine Books in May 2004.

Chaon lives in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, with his wife and two sons. He is the Houck Associate Professor in the Humanities at Oberlin College.

 

 

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Poet
Kevin Young

reading
Wednesday
October 8, 2003
7:30 p.m.
Peeler Art Center Auditorium

Kevin Young's first book, MOST WAY HOME (William Morrow, 1995; Zoland Books, 2000), was selected for the National Poetry Series and won the John C. Zacharis First Book Award from Ploughshares. His second book of poems, TO REPEL GHOSTS (Zoland Books, 2001), a "double album" based on the works of the late artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, was a finalist for the James McLaughlin Prize from the Academy of American Poets. Young's poetry and essays have appeared in the New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, Paris Review, the Kenyon Review, Paideuma, Callaloo, Fence, Verse, and elsewhere, and have been featured on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered." The Village Voice named Young a "Writer on the Verge" in 2001. Young's latest book of poems, JELLY ROLL: A BLUES, a new collection of blues-based love poems, was released by Alfred A. Knopf in 2003, and hailed in a starred review by Publishers Weekly as "a versatile lyric tour de force." JELLY ROLL has been named a finalist for both the 2003 National Book Award in Poetry and the 2003 Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Poetry. JELLY ROLL was also awarded the 2004 Patterson Poetry Prize, which is given annually by the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College.

 

 

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Poet
Naomi Shihab Nye

reading
Wednesday
November 19, 2003
7:30 p.m.
Meharry Hall, East College

 

 

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Fiction Writer
Kellie Wells

reading
Wednesday
November 19, 2003
7:30 P.M.

Julian Science & Math Center Auditorium

 

 

 

Winner of the Flannery O’Connor Award for short fiction