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Visiting Writers - Fall 2009



The Bishop's Daughter Moore

Poet, playwright, theater critic, memoirist and biographer

Honor Moore

September 30
7:30 p.m.
Peeler Auditorium

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HONOR MOORE is a poet, playwright, theater critic, memoirist and biographer. She has authored three collections of poems and is the editor of Amy Lowell: Selected Poems for the Library of America and co-editor of The Stray Dog Cabaret, A Book of Russian Poems translated by Paul Schmidt. Her biography, The White Blackbird, A Life of the Painter Margarett Sargent by Her Granddaughter, was a New York Times Notable Book in 1996. She received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2004 for The Bishop’s Daughter, a memoir, published in 2008. Her play Mourning Pictures, was produced on Broadway and published in The New Women’s Theatre: Ten Plays by Contemporary American Women, which she edited. From 2005 to 2007, Moore was an off-Broadway theatre critic for The New York Times.  She has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Connecticut Commission on the Arts, and the New York State Council on the Arts. Her writing has appeared in The New Republic, The New Yorker, Open City, and the Paris Review. She teaches in the graduate writing program at the New School and at Colombia University. She lives in Manhattan.


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Khaled Mattawa

October 14
7:30 p.m.
Peeler Auditorium

Amorisco by Mattawa

KHALED MATTAWA is the author of three books of poetry, Amorisco (Ausable Press, 2008), Zodiac of Echoes (Ausable Press, 2003) and Ismailia Eclipse (Sheep Meadow Press, 1996). He has translated seven books of contemporary Arabic poetry by Saadi Youssef, Fadhil Al-Azzawi, Hatif Janabi, Maram Al-Massri, Joumana Haddad, and Iman Mersal; and he has co-edited two anthologies of Arab-American literature. Mattawa has been awarded the PEN award for literary translation, a Guggenheim fellowship, the Alfred Hodder fellowship from Princeton University, an NEA translation grant, and three Pushcart prizes. His poems have appeared in Poetry, The Kenyon Review, Antioch Review, Best American Poetry, and many other journals and anthologies. Mattawa was born in Libya and came to the United States in his teens.

The Signal by Carlson

Fiction Writer

Ron Carlson

November 5
7:30 p.m.
Meharry Hall
East College

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RON CARLSON is the author of ten books of fiction, most recently the novel The Signal.  His novel Five Skies was selected as one of the best books of 2007 by the Los Angeles Times and as the one book Rhode Island for 2009.  His selected stories is A Kind of Flying, (W.W. Norton ), and his short fiction has appeared in Esquire, Harpers, The New Yorker, Gentlemen's Quarterly, Epoch, The Oxford American and other journals, as well as The Best American Short Stories, The O'Henry Prize Series, The Pushcart Prize Anthology, The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction and dozens of other anthologies.  A graduate of the University of Utah, Mr. Carlson is Director of the Graduate Program in Fiction at the University of California, Irvine.  Graywolf Press published his book on the process of writing:  Ron Carlson Writes a Story.  Among his awards are a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction, and the Cohen Prize at Ploughshares, the McGinnis Award at the Iowa Review and the Aspen Foundation Literary Award. 


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Nonfiction writer

Scott Raab

November 16
7:30 PM
Peeler Auditorium

Hollywood Stories by Scott Raab

Kelly Writers Series presents a reading by nonfiction writer Scott Raab from his recent work on the trial of concentration camp guard John Demanjanjuk