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Visiting Writers - Fall 2006

 


Cover design by Kimberly Glyder
Cover painting by El Greco
 

Poet
Eugene Gloria

 

reading
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
7:30 p.m.
Thompson Recital Hall

Eugene Gloria was born in Manila, Philippines, and raised in San Francisco, California. He is the author of two books of poetry -- Hoodlum Birds (Penguin, 2006) and Drivers at the Short-Time Motel (Penguin, 2000), which was selected for the National Poetry Series and also received the Asian American Literary Award. He is an associate professor of English and the 2006-2008 Richard W. Peck Chair in Creative Writing at DePauw University.

 

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Photograph by Christina Rahr
 

Essayist
Scott Russell Sanders

 

reading
Wednesday, October 4, 2006
7:30 p.m.
Peeler Auditorium


Jacket design by Susan Mitchell
Jacket photograph N. Huettermann/zefa/CORBIS

Scott Russell Sanders
(1945-)

Scott Sanders was born in Tennessee and grew up in Ohio. He studied at Brown University before going on, as a Marshall Scholar, to complete a Ph.D. in English literature at Cambridge University. In 1971 he joined the faculty of Indiana University, where he is Distinguished Professor of English.

He has published nineteen books, including novels, collections of stories and essays, and personal narratives, as well as seven storybooks for children. His work appears in such magazines as Orion, Audubon, and The Georgia Review, and it has been reprinted in The Art of the Essay, American Nature Writing, The Norton Reader, and other anthologies. His collection of essays, The Paradise of Bombs, won the Associated Writing Programs Award in Creative Nonfiction in 1987. Staying Put, a celebration of the commitment to place, won the Ohioana Book Award in 1994. Writing from the Center, an account of the quest for a meaningful and moral life, won the 1996 Great Lakes Book Award. His recent books include Hunting for Hope (1998), an exploration of sources for healing and renewal; The Country of Language (1999), an account of experiences that have shaped his work as a writer; and The Force of Spirit (2000), meditations on the sacred in everyday life. His newest book is A Private History of Awe (2006), a coming-of-age memoir, love story, and spiritual testament.

Sanders has received fellowships for writing from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Indiana Arts Commission, the Lilly Endowment, and the Guggenheim Foundation. His work has been selected for The Best American Essays, the Kenyon Review Award for Literary Excellence, the PEN Syndicated Fiction Award, and the John Burroughs Essay Award. For his collected work in nonfiction, he was honored in 1995 with a Lannan Literary Award.

In his books he is concerned with our place in nature, the work of social justice, the practice of community, and the search for a spiritual path. He and his wife, Ruth, a biochemist, have reared two children in their home town of Bloomington, in the hardwood hill country of the White River Valley in southern Indiana.

 

 

 

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Writers Series Presents:

 

Writer
Shirley Geok-lin Lim

reading
Monday, October 30, 2006
7:00 p.m.
Peeler Auditorium

Shirley Geok-lin Lim was born in Malacca, Malaysia, came over to the United States as a Fulbright and Wien International Scholar in 1969, and completed her Ph.D. in British and American Literature at Brandeis University in 1973. She has published two critical studies, Nationalism and Literature: Writing in English from the Philippines and Singapore (1993) and Writing South East/Asia in English: Against the Grain (1994), and has edited/co-edited many critical volumes, including Reading the Literatures of Asian America; Approaches to Maxine Hong Kingsto’s The Woman Warrior; Transnational Asia Pacific; and Power, Race and Gender in Academe; and three special issues of journals, Ariel (2001) on microstates, Tulsa Studies, on transnational feminism, and Studies in the Literary Imagination, on contemporary Asian American literature. Her work has appeared in journals such as New Literary History, Feminist Studies, Signs, MELUS, ARIEL, New Literatures Review, World Englishes, and American Studies International. Among her recent honors, Lim has received the UCSB Faculty Research Lecture Award (2002) and the Chair Professorship of English at the University of Hong Kong (1999 to 2000), as well as the University of Western Australia Distinguished Lecturer award, Fulbright Distinguished Lecturer award, and t J.T. Stewart Hedgebrook award. She has served as chair of Women’s Studies and is currently professor of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Lim is also recognized as a creative writer. Her first collection of poems, Crossing the Peninsula (1980), received the Commonwealth Poetry Prize. She has also published four volumes of poetry: No Man's Grove (1985); Modern Secrets (1989); Monsoon History (1994), which is a retrospective selection of her work; and What the Fortune Teller Didn't Say (1998). Bill Moyers featured Lim for a PBS special on American poetry, "Fooling with Words" in 1999, and again on the program "Now" in February 2002. She is also the author of three books of short stories and a memoir, Among the White Moon Faces (1996), which received the 1997 American Book Award for non-fiction. Her first novel, Joss and Gold (Feminist Press, 2001), has been welcomed by Rey Chow as an "elegantly crafted tale [that] places Lim among the most imaginative and dexterous storytellers writing in the English language today." She edited/co-edited Asian American Literature; Tilting the Continent: An Anthology of South-east Asian American Writing; and The Forbidden Stitch: An Asian American Women's Anthology which received the 1990 American Book Award. Her second novel, Sister Swing , is forthcoming in March 2006.

 

 

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Fiction Writer
David Harris Ebenback

reading
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
7:30 p.m.
Peeler Auditorium

David Harris Ebenback is the winner of the GLCA award in fiction for his book Between Camelots.  He has also published short fiction in numerous literary magazines, including Denver Quarterly, Beloit Fiction Journal, and Crazyhorse. His poetry has appeared in Phoebe, Stickman Review, and Arbtus, among other publications.

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Poet
MARTIN ESPADA

reading
Wednesday, November 29th,
7:30 p.m.
Peeler Auditorium

Called “the Latino poet of his generation,” Martin Espada, winner of an American Book Award, teaches at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  Recipient of numerous additional awards, Espada’s poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, Harper’s, The Nation, and The Best American Poetry. His eighth collection of poems, The Republic of Poetry, is forthcoming in Fall 2006.