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August 18, 2005

   

NOVELIST JANE ALISON OPENS READING SERIES

Jane Alison

An appearance by novelist Jane Alison opens Bryn Mawr College's yearlong Creative Writing Program Reading Series, featuring award-winning novelists, poets and essayists. Alison will read from her works in the College's Ely Room at Wyndham Alumnae House on Thursday, Sept. 29, at 7:30 p.m.

In her debut novel The Love-Artist, Alison imagined the poet Ovid's fascination with the barbarian sorceress Xenia, combining facts from the life of Ovid with the myth of Medea. The New York Times describes Alison's voice as "wonderfully seductive … at once modern and archaic, lyrical and potent."

Alison's second work of fiction, The Marriage of the Sea, is set in the cities of Venice and New Orleans and revolves around the workings of everyday relationships. The title of her third novel, Natives and Exotics, refers to the characters, who permanently affect the foreign environments in which they live.

Free and open to the public, this year's Creative Writing Program Reading Series also features:

Ana Castillo

Ana Castillo, Thursday, Oct. 6, 7:30 p.m. , Thomas Great Hall

Poet, novelist and essayist Ana Castillo is the author of 17 books, including the novels Peel My Love Like an Onion and So Far From God and a collection of stories, Loverboys. Her forthcoming works include the verse novel Watercolor Women, Opaque Men and Psst … I Have Something to Tell You, Mi Amor: Two Plays by Ana Castillo, which concerns the torture and rape of the American Sister Dianna Ortiz in Guatemala. An American Book Award recipient for her first novel, The Mixquiahuala Letters, Castillo has also won fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts in fiction and in poetry.

Robert Fagles

Robert Fagles, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 7:30 p.m. , Thomas Great Hall

Currently at work on a translation of Virgil's Aeneid, Robert Fagles has received extensive praise for his translations of The Odyssey and The Iliad, including an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Harold Morton Landon Translation Award from the Academy of American Poets.

John Hollander

John Hollander, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 7:30 p.m. , Ely Room, Wyndham

The author of 18 books of poetry, including Picture Window, and eight books of criticism, John Hollander has built a reputation for wit and deep learning. His many honors include the Bollingen Prize in Poetry and a MacArthur Fellowship, and several of his poems have been set to music by Milton Babbitt, Elliott Carter and Alexander Goehr, among other composers.

Paul Muldoon

Paul Muldoon, Friday, Feb. 3, 7:30 p.m., Ely Room, Wyndham

Described by The Times Literary Supplement as "the most significant English-language poet born since the Second World War," Paul Muldoon received the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for his book of poetry, Moy Sand and Gravel. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Muldoon is the recipient of an American Academy of Arts and Letters award in literature, the T. S. Eliot Prize, the Griffin International Prize for Excellence in Poetry, the American Ireland Fund Literary Award and the Shakespeare Prize.

Carol Muske-Dukes

Carol Muske-Dukes, Friday, Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m. , Ely Room, Wyndham

The author of three novels, a collection of essays and seven books of poetry, including Sparrow, a National Book Award finalist, Carol Muske-Dukes has received many awards and honors, including Guggenheim, National Endowment for the Arts and Ingram Merrill fellowships, the Witter Bynner award from the Library of Congress, the Castagnola award from the Poetry Society of America and several Pushcart Prizes. A regular critic for The New York Times Book Review and the LA Times Book Review, her work is widely anthologized, including in Best American Poems, 100 Great Poems by Women and many others.

Sonia Sanchez

Sonia Sanchez, Friday, April 2, 7:30 p.m., Ely Room, Wyndham

Award-winning poet, activist and scholar Sonia Sanchez has been called "a lion in literature's forest" by Maya Angelou. Sanchez is the author of 13 books, including Does Your House Have Lions? — a nominee for the National Book Critics Award and winner of the NAACP Image Award — and most recently, Shake Loose My Skin: New and Selected Poems. Sanchez was the first Presidential Fellow at Temple University, where she began teaching in 1977 and held the Laura Carnell Chair in English until her retirement in 1999.

Wole Soyinka

Wole Soyinka, Wednesday, April 19, 7:30 p.m., Thomas Great Hall

The first African to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, Wole Soyinka "has earned a reputation as the conscience of Nigeria " (Henry Gates Jr., The New York Times). Novelist, playwright, critic, poet and political activist Soyinka has written two memoirs, Ake: The Years of Childhood and his forthcoming You Must Set Forth at Dawn, an account of his tumultuous childhood.

Frank Bidart

Frank Bidart, Friday, April 21, 7:30 p.m., Ely Room, Wyndham

Called "one of the great poets of our time" by jurors for the prestigious Wallace Stevens Award, Frank Bidart has published five books of poetry. The first three and some of his newer poems are included in the collection In The Western Front: Collected Poems 1965-90. His fifth volume Desire was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award. Bidart's new book Star Dust incorporates poems from his earlier work Music Like Dirt, the first chapbook to be named a Pulitzer finalist.

 

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