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Visiting Writers - Fall 2010

 

 

 Aleksandar Hemon photo

Writer

Aleksandar Hemon

reading
Wednesday
February 24, 2010
7:30 PM
Thompson Recital Hall
Green Center
for the Performing Arts

Love & Obstacles by Heman

Aleksandar Hemon is the author of a novel, The Lazarus Project, finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and three books of stories, Nowhere Man, The Question of Bruno, and most recently, Love and Obstacles.  Born in Sarajevo, he came to the United States—Chicago—in 1992, intending to stay for a matter of months.  While Hemon was there, Sarajevo came under siege, and he was unable to return home.  He wrote his first story in English in 1995.  His work now appears regularly in The New Yorker, Granta, The Paris Review, and Best American Short Stories.  Hemon, who in 2004 was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and a MacArthur “Genius” Grant, lives in Chicago.

 

 

 

Aracelis Girmay photo

 

GLCA Award Winning Poet

Aracelis Girmay

reading
Wednesday
April 7, 2010
7:30 PM
Peeler Arts Center
Auditorium

 


Cover design: Stone Graphics

ARACELIS GIRMAY is the winner of the GLCA Award in poetry in 2008-09 for her book Teeth. Girmay is a fomer Watson fellow and Cave Canem fellow, and has published extensively in literary magazines.

 

 

methland book cover Reding
Jacket design by Martha Kennedy
Jacket photograph by Carmel Zucker

Writer

Nick Reding

reading

Tuesday
April 27, 2010
7:30 PM
Peeler Arts Center
Auditorium

Nick Reding photo

Nick Reding was born in St. Louis, Missouri.  His second book Methland:  The Death and Life of an American Samll Town, is the story of how methamphetamine infiltrates the community of Oelwein, Iowa (pop. 6,159), a once thriving farming and railroad community.  Tracing the connections between the lives touched by meth and the global forces that have set the stage for the epidemic, Methland offers a vital and unique perspective on a pressing contemporary tragedy.  Methland is a portrait of a community under siege, of the lives the drug has devastated, and of the heroes who continue to fight the war.  It is an important book that will resonate with anyone concerned about the future of America’s heartland.

 

Crystal Williams photo

Poet

Crystal Williams

reading

Wednesday
April 28, 2010
7:30 PM
Peeler Art Center
Auditorium

CRYSTAL WILLIAMS, Mary R. Field Distinguished Visiting Professor of Creative Writing, received her BA from NYU and her MFA from Cornell University. She is currently an associate professor at Reed College in Oregon and she has been a visiting professor at Columbia College in Chicago and an artist or scholar in residence at College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Wooster College, and even the Washington, D.C. jail. Williams’s work has appeared most recently in the American Poetry Review, Court Green, and Callaloo.  She is the author of three books, Kin, Lunatic, and Troubled Tongues, which won the Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Award, a prize given to a collection of poetry by an African American poet.

Last updated: June 2, 2010