March 15, 2010

Spring into fiction with Creative Writing readings

The 2009-2010 Creative Writing Program Reading Series concludes this spring with visits by two exciting fiction writers.

Novelist Susan Choi will give the Feminist Founder’s Reading for Women’s History Month on Wednesday, March 17, at 6:30 p.m., in the Woodruff Library’s Jones Room, and will sign books after the reading. Choi will also hold a colloquium at 2:30 p.m., Thursday, March 18, in N301 Callaway Center.

Choi’s first novel, “The Foreign Student,” was published in 1998 and awarded the Asian-American Literary Award and the Steven Turner Award for the Novel in 1999. In 2000, she published “Wonderful Town: New York Stories from The New Yorker,” an anthology of New Yorker fiction co-edited by David Remnick. Her second novel, “American Woman,” was published in 2003 and was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize. Her third novel, “A Person of Interest,” was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award in 2009.  Choi’s visit is co-sponsored by the Department of Women’s Studies and the Center for Women at Emory.

Antonya Nelson will be the reader at Awards Night, the Creative Writing Program and English Department’s annual celebration of student writing. Awards Night is Wednesday, April 14, at 8 p.m., in Cannon Chapel, followed by a reception in Brooks Commons. Nelson will announce the winners of the Creative Writing and English Department writing contests, as well as give a reading and sign books. She will hold a colloquium on Thursday, April 15, at 2:30 p.m., in N301 Callaway Center.

Nelson is the author of six short story collections (“The Expendables,” “In The Land of Men,” “Family Terrorists,” “Female Trouble,” “Some Fun” and “Nothing Right”), and three novels (“Talking in Bed,” “Nobody’s Girl,” and “Living to Tell”). Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, Esquire, Harper’s, Redbook and many other magazines, as well as in anthologies such as “Prize Stories: the O. Henry Awards” and “Best American Short Stories.” She is the recipient of the 2003 Rea Award for Short Fiction and NEA and Guggenheim Fellowships. She teaches in the Warren Wilson MFA Program, as well as in the University of Houston’s Creative Writing Program. Her visit is co-sponsored by the Hightower Fund.

All events are free and open to the public.

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