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Visiting Writers - Spring 2011

IAN FRAZIER

Reading
Wednesday
February 16, 2011
7:30 PM
Thompson Recital Hall


Ian Frazier is the author of Great Plains, The Fish's Eye, On the Rez, and Family, as well as Coyote v. Acme, Dating Your Mom, Lamentations on the Father, and Gone to New York. A frequent contributor to The New Yorker, he's been called the greatest living humorist as well as also being classified as a journalist, an essayist, a memoirist, a travel writer and a nature writer.

His latest book is Travels in Siberia, and parts have recently been serialized in The New Yorker.

 

DIANA JOSEPH

Reading
Wednesday
March 9, 2011
7:30 PM
Peeler Auditorium

Diana Joseph is the author of the short story collection Happy or Otherwise (Carnegie Mellon UP 2003) and the memoir I’m Sorry You Feel That Way: the Astonishing But True Story of a Daughter, Sister, Slut, Wife, Mother, and Friend to Man and Dog (Putnam 2009.)  Her work has appeared in Threepenny Review, River Teeth, Willow Springs, Best Sex Writing 2010, Country Living, Marie Claire, and elsewhere, and has been noted for distinction in Best American Short Stories, Best American Essays and the Pushcart Prize.  She teaches in the MFA program at Minnesota State University, Mankato. 

 

 

GJERTRUD SCHNACKENBERG

Reading
Wednesday
April 6, 2011
7:30 PM
Peeler Auditorium

From Farrar, Straus and Giroux: The poet Gjertrud Schnackenberg, whom William Logan once called "the most talented American poet under the age of forty," published her first book of poems in 1982. She has since become one of our most respected authors of verse.

Schnackenberg's sixth book, Heavenly Questions, is her first new collection of poems since the critically acclaimed The Throne of Labdacus (FSG, 2001). The book is a love poem that finds her at the height of her talents and showcases her continued growth as an artist. In six long poems, Schnackenberg's rhyme-rich blank verse, with its densely packed images, shifts effortlessly between the lyric and the epic, setting passion to a verbal music that is recognizably her own.

 

 

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction

JENNIFER EGAN

Reading
Wednesday,
April 27, 2011
7:30 PM
Meharry Hall

Jennifer Egan is the author of Look at Me, a finalist for the National Book Award in fiction in 2001, The Keep, which was a national bestseller, Emerald City and Other Stories, and The Invisible Circus, which was made into a feature film with Cameron Diaz.Her short stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Harpers, Granta, McSweeney’s and other magazines. She is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction, and a Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Fellowship at the New York Public Library. Her non-fiction articles appear frequently in the New York Times Magazine. Her latest book, A Visit from the Goon Squad, was published in June 2010.