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Visiting Writers - Fall 2001

DePauw's own
Maurice Manning
September 26, 2001
at 7:30 p.m.
East College Meharry Hall

His book Lawrence Booth's Book of Visions was selected by W. S. Merwin for the Yale Series of Younger Poets

“Lawrence Booth is a vigorous, trash-talking, frustrating and entirely made-up young man from a rural South that's equal parts carnivorous nightmare, Freudian pastoral and deep-fried family romance. Manning, who hails from Kentucky, becomes the latest in the venerable Yale Younger Poets series (now judged by W.S. Merwin) with these sometimes over-the-top, often surprisingly difficult poems about Lawrence's boyhood and youth in a "sweet tobacco, cornmeal, archetypal world." Sonnets, catalogues, shaped poems and non sequitur-filled rambles consider Booth's "grade school days," his vivid nights, his television-viewing habits, his explorations on foot, his difficult sister and his comic attacks on his region's heritage…Manning's mesh of voices, fears and incidents (not to mention his blackface moments) recalls John Berryman's Dream Songs…”

--Publisher’s Weekly 


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A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, ELIZABETH STUCKEY-FRENCH has been awarded a James Michener Fellowship, and her stories have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The Gettysburg Review, The Southern Review, and other literary magazines.  She teaches fiction writing at Florida State University in Tallahassee, where she lives with her husband and two daughters. Elizabeth Stuckey-French

October 9, 2001
7:30 p.m.
231 Union Building




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Dr. Lee Clark Mitchell 
(Princeton University)

4:15 p.m. Monday
October 29, 2001
Watson Forum

Why Monument Valley? (And Why Again and Again?):  John Ford's Stagecoach and the Landscape of Time

In this lecture Lee Mitchell builds on that earlier work and offers new thoughts about John Ford's Stagecoach and a new reading of the "Landscape of Time" evoked by Monument Valley.  

Ranging from the novels of James Fenimore Cooper to Louis L'Amour, and from classic films like Stagecoach to spaghetti Westerns like A Fistful of Dollars, Lee Clark Mitchell, in his study Westerns: Making the Man in Fiction and Film, shows that the Western owes its perennial appeal not to unchanging conventions but to the deftness with which it responds to the obsessions and fears of its audience.



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Garrett Hongo

reads from his work

October 24, 2001
7:30 p.m.
East College
Meharry Hall

 The River of Heaven was awarded the 1987  Lamont Poetry Prize of the Academy of American Poets for a distinguished second book of poems (judges:  Philip Booth, Alfred Corn, Mary Oliver).  In it Garrett Hongo has drawn from his unusual background (born in Volcano, Hawaii, of Japanese ancestry, and educated in California at Pomona) to provide the materials fro poems that would be highly exotic were they not infused with a level-headed sense of realism and a strong feeling that mundane realities are perfectly natural material for the poetry of our time.  Here, Garrett Hongo transforms his mundane realities into elegant poetry.  The volcanoes of Hawaii, the gritty urban streets of Los Angeles, a California beach after the death of his father--the places of Garrett Hongo's past metamorphose into a poetry that is compelling and immediate.


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GLCA Fiction Writer
Michael Zadoorian

November 28, 2001
7:30 p.m.

Watson Forum

With an unerring blend of the comic and the poignant, Michael Zadoorian has written an unforgettable novel about knick-knacks, garage sales, romance, and the bonds we form with people and things--the perfect story for anyone who has ever loved something second hand.