Three More Big Names to Headline ‘Visiting Writers’ Program

Posted: September 30, 2009 at 1:02 am, Last Updated: September 29, 2009 at 3:58 pm

By Rashad Mulla

Fall for the Book may be over for this year, but Mason’s graduate Creative Writing program in the Department of Englishwill host even more well-known authors later this fall. The writers will visit Mason in November. All presentations, which are free and open to all, will be held on the Fairfax Campus in Research I, Room 163,  at 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 4
Susan Wheeler

An award-winning poet who currently teaches at Princeton University, Wheeler has published four critically acclaimed works of poetry and a novel, “Record Palace,” which received a sparkling review from Nobel prize-winning author Toni Morrison. Her poetry has been in “The Best American Poetry” series, a book of contributor poetry overseen by a new guest editor each year, eight times. Her work has also appeared in journals and magazines such as The New Yorker and The Paris Review.

Tuesday, Nov. 10
Scott Simon

A longtime correspondent for National Public Radio, Simon has reported from Afghanistan, Central America, the Middle East and many other regions around the world. He has been with NPR for more than 30 years and has covered wars and presidential elections. He has won numerous awards for his reporting, including for stories about Sept. 11, 2001, and the 1987-88 Ethiopian civil war. Currently the host of “Weekend Edition Saturday,” Simon has appeared as a commentator and guest host on CNBC, NBC, CBS, PBS and the BBC. His writing has appeared in The New York Times’ Book Review and The Wall Street Journal, among other publications. He is the author of four books, including his latest, “Windy City: A Novel of Politics,” a detailed look into a fictional, mysterious Chicago political landscape.

Thursday, Nov. 12
Katherine Russell Rich

Veteran writer Katherine Russell Rich’s work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Vogue, Salon and many other publications. She has received several grants and fellowships for her writing. Her first book, “The Red Devil: To Hell with Cancer – and Back,” describes her battle with cancer and its effects on different aspects of her life. Her latest book, “Dreaming in Hindi: Coming Awake in Another Language,” details a year she spent in India learning the Hindi language. An excerpt from the book, which was published in July, is available on Guernica Magazine’s web site.

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