Emory Report
September 28, 2009
Volume 62, Number 5


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September 28, 2009
Creative Writing
Reading series spans genres

By Paula Vitaris

The 2009–2010 Creative Writing Program Reading Series presents readings and colloquia by poets, playwrights, essayists and novelists, and a joint reading by the program’s two new Fellows. All events are free and open to the public.

Fiction writer and essayist Thomas Glave will give this year’s Phillis Wheatley Reading on Oct. 19 (6:30 p.m., Jones Room, Woodruff Library) and a colloquium on Oct. 20 (2:30-3:30 p.m., N301 Callaway), and will also speak in The Race and Difference Lecture Series on the topic “Race(lessness) and Desire: ‘North,’ ‘South,’” on Oct. 21, (3-4:30 p.m., 102 Commons, Candler School of Theology). Glave’s visit is co-sponsored by the Department of African American Studies and the Race and Difference Initiative.

Quiara Hudes wrote the book for Broadway’s 2008 Tony Award winner for Best Musical “In the Heights.” She will give a reading on Nov. 16 (6:30 p.m., Jones Room, Woodruff Library) and a colloquium on Nov. 17 (2:30-3:30 p.m., N301 Callaway). The hit musical will be at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre Nov. 3-8 giving the Emory community a rare opportunity to see a fully-staged musical and then discuss its genesis with the book’s writer. Hudes’ visit is co-sponsored by the Department of Theater Studies.

Fiction writer Oindrila Mukherjee and poet Heather Christle are the Creative Writing Program’s 2009-2011 Fellows. Mukherjee has a PhD in literature and creative writing from the University of Houston, and Christle graduated with an MFA from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Her poetry collection, “The Difficult Farm,” is forthcoming from Octopus Books. Mukherjee and Christle will read on Feb. 15, 2010 (6:30 p.m., Jones Room).

The Department of Women’s Studies and the Center for Women are co-sponsoring novelist Susan Choi’s visit to give the annual Feminist Founders Reading on March 17, 2010 (6:30 p.m., Jones Room), and a colloquium on March 18, 2010 (2:30-3:30 p.m., N301 Callaway). Choi is the author of three novels and has also co-edited the anthology “Wonderful Town: New York Stories from the New Yorker.”

Antonya Nelson, author of three novels and six short story collections, and winner of the 2003 Rea Award for Short Fiction will give a reading at Awards Night, the annual celebration of student writing at Emory. She will also announce the winners of the Creative Writing Program’s and English Department’s writing contests. Nelson will give a colloquium April 15, 2010 (2:30-3:30 p.m., N301 Callaway).

For more information: www.creativewriting.emory.edu; 404-727-4683.