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Fall '08 'Visiting Writers Series' Announced

By Maralee Csellar

This fall, American University’s Department of Literature will host several prominent writers and poets as a celebration of writers and the creative process.

All Visiting Writers Series readings will be held on American University’s main campus.  All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. 

The fall 2008 schedule follows:

Annual MFA Alumni Reading
Sandra Beasley, MFA ’04, and Barbara Goldberg, MFA ’85
8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1
Board Room (sixth floor), Butler Pavilion
Sandra Beasley won the 2007 New Issues Award for her debut collection of poems, Theories of Falling, selected by Marie Howe. She is the recipient of the 2008 Maureen Egan Exchange Award from Poets &Writers, the Elinor Benedict Poetry Prize, and fellowships to the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the Millay Colony, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Beasley is currently an editor for The American Scholar. Barbara Goldberg’s most recent book is The Royal Baker’s Daughter, the winner of the 2008 Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry, selected by David St. John. She is also the author of Marvelous Pursuits, Cautionary Tales, and Berta Broadfoot and Pepin the Short: A Merovingian Romance. She is the coeditor of two anthologies of contemporary Israeli poetry, including After the First Rain: Israeli Poems on War and Peace.

Poetry and Prose Reading: Faculty Benefit Reading
8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15
Board Room (sixth floor), Butler Pavilion
$5 suggested donation at the door
AU’s annual reading of poetry and prose by creative writing faculty features Kyle Dargan, author of Bouquet of Hungers; Andrew Holleran, author of Grief; David Keplinger, author of The Prayers of Others; Richard McCann, author of Mother of Sorrows; Glenn Moomau, author of Ted Nugent Condominium; and Mary Kay Zuravleff, author of The Bowl Is Already Broken. Proceeds from this reading will be donated to Food & Friends, a local nonprofit organization providing meals to people with HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening diseases.

Fiction Reading: David Grossman
Noon. Wednesday, Oct. 29
Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center
Born in Jerusalem in 1954, David Grossman is the author of six internationally acclaimed novels, including Someone to Run With, Be My Knife, The Book of Intimate Grammar, and See Under: Love. He is also the author of several powerful and important works of nonfiction, including Sleeping on a Wire: Conversations with Palestinians in Israel and The Yellow Wind. For his work, which has been translated into 25 languages, Grossman has been presented with numerous awards, including Chevalier de l’Ordre des Artes et des Lettres (France), Valumbrosa Prize (Italy), Prix Eliette Von Karajan (Austria), Premio Grinzane (Italy), Vittorio de Sica Prize (Italy), the Buxtehuder Bulle (Germany), and the Sapir Prize (Israel). In 2007, he was awarded both the EMET Prize and the Rome Peace Prize. Grossman lives near Jerusalem with his family. This event is cosponsored by the Center for Israel Studies at American University, Nextbook, and the Washington D.C. Jewish Community Center.

Poetry Reading: Michael Collier
8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5
Board Room (sixth floor), Butler Pavilion
A former poet laureate of Maryland, Michael Collier is the author of five books of poems, most recently Dark Wild Realm. His collection The Ledge was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. The recipient of Guggenheim, National Endowment for the Arts, and Thomas Watson fellowships, Collier is currently a professor of English at the University of Maryland and serves as the director of the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Of Collier’s Dark Wild Realm, the Washington Post Book World says: “His writing seeks the unstable spaces between light and shadow, waking and sleep, spirit and body, and the places where the living and dead pass one another.”

Memoir Reading: Honor Moore
8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19
Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center
Honor Moore’s most recent book is The Bishop’s Daughter: A Memoir, which Sylvia Nasar describes as “an unsparing portrait of a glamorous but elusive father and his daughter’s search for his secret life.” Moore is also the author of The White Blackbird, a biography of her grandmother, the painter Margarett Sargent; and three collections of poems, including Red Shoes and Darling. Her play Mourning Pictures was produced on Broadway and published in the New Women’s Theatre: Ten Plays by Contemporary Women. For her work, Moore has received awards and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the MacDowell Colony, and Yaddo. A theatre critic for the New York Times, Moore currently lives in New York City, where she teaches at the New School and Columbia University.