Visiting Writers Series Brings Authors to Campus

Posted: February 13, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Each semester, the English Department welcomes distinguished visiting writers in poetry, fiction and nonfiction for creative writing workshops and public readings, which are free and open to the Mason community. All events begin at 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 22—Valerie Martin (fiction) is the author of more than six novels, including the forthcoming “Trespass.” Her other recent novels include “Property,” winner of England’s prestigious Orange Prize in 2003, and “Mary Reilly,” the story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde told from their maid’s point of view. (In the 1995 movie, Julia Roberts played Mary Reilly to John Malkovich’s Dr. Jekyll.)

Martin’s other books include the novels “Italian Fever” and “The Great Divorce,” plus three volumes of stories, including last year’s “The Unfinished Novel and Other Stories,” plus a biography of St. Francis. In the Concert Hall, Grand Tier (third floor).

Wednesday, March 21—Suzannah Lessard (nonfiction) was a writer, editor or staff writer for the Washington Monthly and the New Yorker for more than two decades. She published “Architect of Desire: Beauty and Danger in the Stanford White Family” in 1996, about her great-grandfather, a prominent architect and socialite who was murdered. She has taught and led master classes at the Columbia School of the Arts, Wesleyan University, the New School, George Washington University and Goucher College. In Student Union Building II, Rooms 5-7.

Tuesday, March 27—Karen Volkman (poetry) is the author of “Spar,” winner of the James Laughlin Award and the Iowa Poetry Prize, and “Crash’s Law,” which was selected for the National Poetry Series by Heather McHugh. Her poems have appeared individually in both “The Best American Poetry” and the “Pushcart Prize Anthology.” In the Concert Hall, Grand Tier (third floor).

Monday, April 2—Nell Freudenberger (fiction) is the author of the novel “The Dissident,” which is about the time a Chinese artist spends with a dysfunctional American family; and the 2003 short story collection, “Lucky Girls.” The collection of stories started with the appearance of her breakout story, “Lucky Girls,” in the summer 2001 fiction issue of the New Yorker. Her story, “The Tutor,” was selected for the 2004 Best American Short Stories. In the Concert Hall, Grand Tier (third floor).

Wednesday, April 18—Nick Reding (nonfiction) taught at Mason for a year as a visiting faculty member before leaving to finish work on his forthcoming book about the methadone industry in western America. In his earlier book, “The Last Cowboys at the End of the World: The Story of the Gauchos of Patagonia,” Reding took his readers to the end of the road, literally – the Pan American Highway in Chilean Patagonia. In Student Union Building I, Rooms A, B and C.

Thursday, April 19—Martha Collins (poetry) is the author most recently of last year’s “Blue Front,” a book-length poem based on a lynching that her father witnessed in the town of Cairo, Ill., in 1909, when he was five years old. Earlier, she published four other collections of poems plus a chapbook, and she co-translated two books of poems from the Vietnamese and edited a collection of essays on the poet Louise Bogan. In Student Union Building I, Rooms A, B and C.

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