Visiting Writers - Fall 2010
Tuesday, September 7
NIC PIZZOLATTO, writer
Peeler Art Center, Auditorium
Nic Pizzolatto’s fiction has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The Oxford American, The Iowa Review, The Missouri Review, and various other publications, and was among the finalists for the National Magazine Award in Fiction. He’s also received a citation for the Pushcart Prize and a Lily Peter Award for his poetry. His collection of short stories Between Here and the Yellow Sea was published in 2006. It was long-listed for the International Frank O’Connor Award, and named by Poets & Writers Magazine as one of the top five fiction debuts of the year. His work is featured in Best American Mystery Stories 2009, and his first novel, "Galveston," was published by Scribner in May, 2010.
Wednesday, November 3
7:30 p.m. MATT DELLINGER, writer
Thompson Recital Hall, GCPA
Matt Dellinger ('97) has written for The New Yorker, the Atlantic, the Oxford American, Smithsonian, The Wall Street Journal magazine, and The New York Times, and has reported on transportation and planning for the public radio program The Takeaway. He worked for ten years on staff at The New Yorker as an illustrations editor, the magazine's first-ever multimedia editor, and the producer and host of The New Yorker Out Loud, the magazine's first weekly podcast. His first book, Interstate 69, was published by Scribner in August, 2010. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Photo by Catherine Mauger
Thursday, December 2
7:00 p.m. SHARON OLDS, Award-winning Poet and Educator
Moore Theatre, Green Center for the Performing Arts
Sharon Olds is the author of eight volumes of poetry. Her poetry, says Michael Ondaatje, is “pure fire in the hands,” and David Leavitt in the Voice Literary Supplement describes her work as “remarkable for its candor, its eroticism, and its power to move.” With sensuality, humor, sprung rhythm, and stunning imagery, she expresses truths about domestic and political violence, sexuality, family relationships, love, and the body. Often compared to “confessional” poets, she has been much praised for the courage, emotional power, and extraordinary physicality of her work. A reviewer for The New York Times hailed her poetry for its vision: “Like Whitman, Ms. Olds sings the body in celebration of a power stronger than political oppression.”
Born in San Francisco, Sharon Olds studied at Stanford University and Columbia University. Her numerous honors include a National Endowment for the Arts grant; a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship; the San Francisco Poetry Center Award for her first collection, Satan Says (1980); and the Lamont Poetry Selection and the National Book Critics’ Circle Award for The Dead and the Living (1983). Her other books of poetry are Strike Sparks: Selected Poems 1980-2002 (2004), Blood, Tin, Straw (1999), The Wellspring (1995), The Father (1992), and The Gold Cell (1987). Her poetry has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Poetry, The Atlantic Monthly, and The New York Times. Named New York State Poet Laureate (1998 – 2000), Olds teaches graduate poetry workshops at New York University as well as the writing workshop she helped found at a 900-bed state hospital for the severely disabled. She is a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Science. Sharon Olds’ latest poetry collection is One Secret Thing (Fall 2008). Her next collection is tentatively entitled Stags Leap: Poems 1997-2000. She lives in New York City.
"What is most striking is Olds's vigorous and fecund metaphorical imagination."
— Joyce Peseroff, The American Book Review
"I cannot praise [Sharon Olds’ poetry] enough. It seems to me not only faultless, but it also deals effortlessly with many urgent subjects that are left out of so much contemporary poetry. Every poem is a wonder – strong, actual, unsentimental and without bullshit – in a world glowing with solid reality."
— Peter Redgrove