Visiting Writers Series Hosts Internationally Known Authors

Posted: February 9, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Three poets and three fiction writers travel to George Mason’s Fairfax Campus this spring to share their craft and work with graduate students as part of the Visiting Writers Series. The Visiting Writers Series is cosponsored by the Creative Writing Program in the Department of English and the University Bookstore. In addition to reading from their works, visiting writers meet with students in the Master of Fine Arts program in a workshop setting and critique their work. For more information, contact the English Department at x31180.

Marvin Bell reads his poetry on Thursday, Feb. 10, at 8 p.m. in the University Bookstore. The author of Ardor: The Book of the Dead Man (1997), The Book of the Dead Man (1994), and Iris of Creation (1990), Bell teaches writing at the University of Iowa under the Writer’s Workshop program, where he is the Flannery O’Connor Professor of Letters.

Audrey Schulman reads from her work on Tuesday, Feb. 15, at 8 p.m. in the University Bookstore. Schulman is the author of two novels: The Cage (Algonquin Books, 1994) and Swimming with Jonah (Avon, 1999). The Cage was one of twelve novels chosen by the American Library Association as a Notable Novel of 1994. Her third novel, A House Named Brazil, is forthcoming this year.

Award-winning poet Stanley Plumly reads from his work, including The Marriage in the Trees (1997), Boy on the Step (1989), and Summer Celestial (1983), on Monday, March 6, at 8 p.m. in the University Bookstore. Plumly earned the Guggenheim Fellowship, an Ingram-Merrill Foundation Fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) grant. His book of poetry titled Out-of-the-Body Travel (1977) won the William Carlos Williams Award, and his book In the Outer Dark (1970) won the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Award. He is a professor of English at the University of Maryland-College Park.

Percival Everett reads from his work on Monday, March 6, at 6 p.m. in the Johnson Center, Assembly Room G. Among his acclaimed novels are Zulus (Permanent Press, 1990), which won the New American Writing Award, and God’s Country (Faber & Faber, 1994); other books include Watershed (Greywolf, 1996), Frenzy (Consortium, 1999), and Big Picture: Stories (Greywolf, 1996).

Louise Gluck, who won the Pulitzer Prize in 1993 and the Poetry Society of America’s William Carlos Williams Award for The Wild Iris, reads from her poetry collections on Wednesday, April 5, at 6 p.m. in the Johnson Center Cinema. Gluck has composed eight books of poetry, including The Triumph of Achilles (1985), which received the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Boston Globe Literary Press Award, and the Melville Kane Award, and Ararat (1990), which received the Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry. Gluck’s book of essays titled Proofs and Theories: Essays on Poetry (1994) won the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for Nonfiction. Her other accomplishments include the Lannan Literary Award for Poetry and fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundations. Gluck is a senior lecturer at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass.

Rick Bass reads in the Johnson Center Bistro on Tuesday, April 18, at 8 p.m. Bass is the author of several books of natural history, including The Book of Yaak (Houghton Mifflin, 1996), In the Loyal Mountains (Houghton Mifflin, 1995), The Lost Grizzlies (Houghton Mifflin, 1995), and Nine Mile Wolves (Clark City Press, 1992). In 1995, Bass received the James Jones Fellowship for his first novel, Where the Sea Used to Be (Houghton Mifflin, 1998).

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