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Photo by Joyce Ravid
 

Memoirist
Nick Flynn

reading
Sunday, February 26, 2006
7:30 p.m.
Peeler Auditorium


Jacket design by Kapo Ng

NICK FLYNN won the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for Memoir for Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, his account of meeting his homeless father. The book was also named one of the New York Public Library’s Top 25 Books of 2004. Vendela Vida writes in the New York Times Book Review, "Flynn’s talents are considerable— he has a compelling voice and a wry sense of humor, especially about himself." Flynn is also the author of Blind Huber and Some Ether, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and winner of the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award. He teaches at the University of Houston and lives the rest of the year in upstate New York.

 

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Poet
Talvikki Ansel

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

 

Talvikki Ansel's books include Jetty & other Poems (Zoo Press, 2003) and My Shining Archipelago (1997), which won the Yale Series of Younger Poets Award, chosen by James Dickey. She has been awarded a Wallace Stegner Fellowship in Creative Writing, a Pushcart Prize, and a Residency from the Lannan Foundation. She currently lives in Rhode Island.

 

 

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Fiction Writer
Charles Baxter

reading
Monday, March 20, 2006
7:30 p.m.
Thompson Recital Hall


Cover design: Archie Ferguson and Abby Weintraub

Charles Baxter is the author of Saul and Patsy, published in September, 2003 by Pantheon. His previous novel, The Feast of Love (Vintage), was a finalist for the National Book Award. He has published two other novels, First Light and Shadow Play, and four books of stories, most recently Believers, published by Vintage. He has also published essays on fiction collected in Burning Down the House, and has edited or co-edited three books of essays, The Business of Memory, published by Graywolf, Bringing the Devil to His Knees (The University of Michigan Press), and A William Maxwell Portrait, published by W. W. Norton. He also edited Best New American Voices 2001 (Harcourt). He has received the Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Prix St. Valentine in France, and the Catalan Booksellers’ Association Award for book of the year in Spain. He was born in Minneapolis in 1947, graduated from Macalester College with a B. A. degree in 1969, and the State University of New York at Buffalo with a Ph.D. in 1974, and lived for many years in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he taught at the University of Michigan. He now lives in Minneapolis and is currently the Edelstein-Keller Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Minnesota. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and Harper’s. His fiction has been widely anthologized and translated into ten languages.

 

 

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Poet
Rigoberto González

reading
Wednesday, April 12, 2006
7:30 p.m.
Peeler Auditorium

 


Photo Credit: Gary Suson

Rigoberto González is the author of four  books, So Often the Pitcher Goes to Water Until It Breaks, a 1998 National Poetry Series selection (University of  Illinois Press, 1999); two bilingual children's books, Soledad Sigh-Sighs / Soledad Suspiros (2003) and Antonio's Card / La Tarjeta de Antonio (2005), both from Children’s Book Press; and a novel, Crossing Vines (University of Oklahoma Press, 2003), which received ForeWord Magazine's Editor's Choice for Fiction Book of the Year Award in 2004. 

González is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and of various international artists’ residencies, including stays at Fundación Valparaíso in Spain; Fundaçao Sacatar in Brazil; the Ezra Pound House in Sun Valley, Idaho; the David and Julia White Artists’ Colony in Costa Rica; and Hawthornden Castle in Scotland. He is a member of PEN and of the National Book Critics Circle, and he reviews books by Latina/o authors for the El Paso (Texas) Times twice monthly. 

He is Associate Professor of English and Latino Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and is Contributing Editor to Poets and Writers magazine.

Professional inquiries may be sent directly to the author

 

 

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Playwright
Suzan-Lori Parks
"An Evening with Suzan-Lori Parks"
Wednesday, April 19, 2006
7:00pm
Moore Theatre


Breakfast discussion with the cast and crew of Venus,
Thursday, April 20, 2006
8:30-10:00 am
Trustees Board Room, Union Building


Cover design by Pentagram

Sponsored by the Lance and Gough Funds; co-sponsored by the Kelly Writers Series, the Department of Theatre and Communication, Black Studies, and Women’s Studies.

Suzan-Lori Parks won the Pulitzer Prize in 2002 for her play Topdog/Underdog, and she has also been the recipient of a MacArthur "genius" grant. Her play Venus was produced at DePauw in February 2006. Other plays by Parks include The Red Letter Plays, The America Play, and The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World. She is also a novelist (Getting Mother’s Body) and screenwriter (Spike Lee’s Girl 6).

 

 

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Photo Credit: Tom Leininger
 

GLCA Award Winning Poet
Dana Roeser

reading  
Tuesday, May 2, 2006

7:30 p.m.
106 East College

Dana Roeser, winner of the GLCA Award in Poetry, is the 2005-2006 Jenny McKean Moore Writer in Washington at George Washington University. Her book Beautiful Motion (Northeastern University Press, 2004) received the Samuel French Morse Prize. Her poems have appeared in several publications including The Iowa Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Massachusetts Review, Northwest Review, Antioch Review, Indiana Reviewand Another Chicago Magazine and on Poetry Daily. She has received fellowships to Ragdale, the Mary Anderson Center, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Le Moulin a Nef in Auvillar, France.  A native of the Philadelphia area, she was a visiting professor at Butler University from 2001-2005.