Emory's Ha Jin leads off spring semester Creative Writing Series

The Creative Writing Reading Series resumes for spring semester this week with a reading by short story writer and poet Ha Jin as well as poet and novelist Judson Mitcham.

Jin and Mitcham will read from their works on Tuesday, Feb. 11, at 8:15 p.m. in 207 White Hall.

A former soldier in the People's Army of China, Jin is the author of Between Silences, a collection of poetry. Following the Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989, Jin became a permanent U.S. resident. Jin will read from his latest collection of poetry, Facing Shadows, and his collection of short pieces, Ocean of Words: Army Stories.

Also on Feb. 11, Mitcham will read from his novel, The Sweet Everlasting. Mitcham is psychology department chair at Fort Valley State College and an adjunct professor of creative writing at Emory. His numerous honors include the Pushcart Prize and a Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The series continues with poet A.R. Ammons reading from his work on Monday, March 17, at 8:15 p.m. Ammons also will present a colloquium on Tuesday, March 18, at 2:30 p.m. Both events will be held in 206 White Hall.

Author of Garbage, The Really Short Poems, Coast of Trees and Sphere: The Form of a Motion, Ammons is among the nation's most renowned poets. He currently serves as Goldwin Smith Professor of Poetry at Cornell University.

Novelist and poet N. Scott Momaday will read from his works on Monday, April 14, which is also the annual Awards Night for the Creative Writing Program. The event will begin at 8:15 p.m. in Cannon Chapel.

Momaday, author of the 1969 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, House Made of Dawn, is a distinguished Native American author and painter. His other works include The Way to Rainy Mountain, Angle of Geese, The Names: A Memoir and In the Presence of the Sun: Stories and Poems 1961-1991.

Momaday also will conduct a colloquium on Tuesday, April 15, at 2:30 p.m. in 207 White Hall.

The Creative Writing Reading Series is part of the Creative Writing Program. When the program was launched six years ago, it had 22 majors; today, it has 72. The program has become increasingly popular with undergraduates as well as literature lovers in the Atlanta community, who consistently attend readings.

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