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July 9, 2001

Annual festival presents Proulx, Grimsley

By Deb Hammacher


Pulitzer Prize-winning author E. Annie Proulx will be the focus of the 2001 Emory Creative Writing Program’s Summer Writers’ Festival.

Proulx received the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award in 1994 for The Shipping News, described by The New York Times as a work that “displays Ms. Proulx’s surreal humor and her zest for the strange foibles of humanity... Her inventive language is finely, if exhaustively, accomplished.”

Proulx will read from her work, discuss her techniques and teach a master class during the July 26–27 festival, held in conjunction with the Emory Summer Writers’ Institute that runs July 3–Aug. 9.

Proulx was the first woman to be honored with the PEN/ Faulkner Award for Fiction, which she won in 1993 for her first novel, Postcards. Recent works by Proulx include Accordion Crimes (1996) and the short story collection Close Range, Wyoming Stories (1999).

A highlight of the two-day festival will be a conversation between Proulx and Jim Grimsley, senior resident fellow in creative writing at Emory. Grimsley is an award-winning author and playwright whose credits include the novels Winter Birds, Dream Boy, My Drowning and Comfort and Joy.

The playwright-in-residence at Atlanta’s 7 Stages Theater, Grimsley's plays include Mr. Universe, White People, The Lizard of Tarsus, The Decline and Fall of the Rest, The Borderland and In Berlin. Grimsley was awarded athe 1993 Bryan Family Prize for Drama by the Fellowship of Southern Writers for his distinguished body of work as a playwright.

The festival begins on July 26 at 4 p.m. with a conversation between Proulx and Grimsley in 207 White Hall. At 8 p.m. Proulx will read from her works, and a reception and book signing will follow in 208 White Hall. All festival events are free and open to the public.

For more information on the Summer Writers’ Institute or festival, go to
or call the Emory Creative Writing Program at 404-727-4683.


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