March 30, 2011

Advance Notice

Author Beth Henley to present writing awards

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and screenwriter Beth Henley. Photo by Colleen Dodson-Baker.

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and screenwriter Beth Henley will visit campus April 13-14 to give a public reading, and announce the student winners of the Creative Writing Program and English Department awards.

Henley will present undergraduate and graduate students with awards for poetry, fiction, playwriting and essay writing, as well as the Agnes Nixon and Kiki McCabe Prize in Screenwriting and the Andrea de Man Award for Excellence in English.

During her time at Emory, Henley will also participate in a colloquium with student writers.

A native of Jackson, Miss., Henley first entered the critical spotlight in 1978 when her play, "Crimes of the Heart," won the Great American Play Contest sponsored by the Actors Theatre in Louisville Kentucky. "Crimes of the Heart" went on to win numerous awards, including the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for best new American Play and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

In addition to the screen adaptation of "Crimes of the Heart" (for which Henley received an Academy Award nomination), Henley adapted her hit play "The Miss Firecracker Contest" for film and has continued to write for both film and television.

Join the Creative Writing Program for the Awards Night Reading on Wednesday, April 13 at 8 p.m. in the Jones Room, 311 Woodruff Library, and on Thursday, April 14 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. for a colloquium with Beth Henley in N301 Callaway Center.

A reception and book signing will follow the Awards Night Reading. All events are free and open to the public.

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