McCabe Lecture Series featuring Amy Stolls February 25, 7:00 p.m. SIS Founders room Literature in the 21st Century Amy Stolls, MFA creative writing '00, discusses the state of literature in America. She will share her perspective on current trends in reading, writing, publishing, and translating; explore the challenges and opportunities poets and writers face in the digital age; and reinforce the importance of creative writing as an art form and the need for public funding. Stolls is the director of literature at the National Endowment for the Arts, where she has worked since 1998, collaborating with thousands of writers, translators, editors, booksellers, publishers, educators, and presenters nationwide to keep literature a vital part of American society. She is the author of the novel The Ninth Wife (HarperCollins) and the young adult novel Palms to the Ground (Farrar, Straus & Giroux), winner of a Parents’ Choice Gold Award. She spent years as a journalist covering the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska before she received an MFA in creative writing from AU. This talk will be followed by a Q&A, moderated by Professor Richard McCann. Free and open to the public.