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2011-2012 Writers in Camden Series

Most readings are held at 7 PM at the Stedman Gallery, Fine Arts Building, and are followed by Q&A sessions and receptions with the authors. Workshops are at 3 PM, location to be announced. All are free and open to the public. Author bios follow this schedule.

Sept. 21, 2011
Stephen Dunn

Oct. 19, 2011
Emily Fox Gordon, Paul Lisicky and Patrick Rosal
New work from Rutgers-Camden writers

Workshop: Emily Fox Gordon

Oct. 26, 2011
Beth Kephart
Young Adult Lit: It’s Not Just Kid’s Stuff Anymore

Workshop: Beth Kephart
**NB: this event 4-6 PM, South ABC, Campus Center**

November 16, 2011
Gary Shteyngart

December 7, 2011
Martin Espada and Eliza Griswold
Literature and the Social Conscience

Craft lecture: Martin Espada

January 25, 2012
Jennifer Egan

February 15, 2012
Helen Benedict and Stephen O’Connor
Two writers, one household

Workshop: Helen Benedict

March 28, 2012
Dan Conaway, Gabriel Fried, and Sarah Crichton
Creating a meaningful and profitable writing career

April 11, 2012
Heidi Durrow and Tiphanie Yanique
Strategies for first fiction

Workshop: Tiphanie Yanique

Bios

Sept. 21. 2011

Stephen Dunn
Stephen Dunn is the author of fifteen collections of poetry, including the recent What Goes On: Selected & New Poems 1995-2009. Different Hours won the Pulitzer Prize in 2001, and Loosestrife was a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist in 1996. His awards include the Academy Award in Literature from The American Academy of Arts & Letters, the Levinson and Oscar Blumenthal Prizes from Poetry, the Theodore Roethke Prize from Poetry Northwest, the James Wright Prize from Mid-American Review, and many others. He is Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.

Oct. 19, 2011

Emily Fox Gordon, Paul Lisicky and Patrick Rosal
New work from Rutgers-Camden writers

Paul Lisicky
Paul Lisicky is the author of the novel Lawnboy and the memoir Famous Builder. His novel The Burning Housewas just released, and a collection of essays, Unbuilt Projects, is forthcoming. His work has appeared inPloughshares, The Iowa Review, StoryQuarterly, The Seattle Review,Five Points, Subtropics, Gulf Coast, and many other anthologies and magazines. He has taught in the graduate writing programs at Cornell University, Sarah Lawrence College, and New York University, and is currently the New Voices Professor at Rutgers-Camden.

Emily Fox Gordon
Emily Fox Gordon is the author of four books. Her memoirs are Mockingbird Years: A Life in and Out of Therapy; Are You Happy?; A Childhood Remembered;and the newly published Book of Days: Personal Essays. She is also the author of a novel, It Will Come To Me. Her work has appeared in such journals as Boulevard, Salmagundi, The American Scholar and the Southwest Review. She lives in Houston, TX, and has taught writing workshops at Rice University, the University of Houston, and the University of Wyoming, among other places.

Patrick Rosal
Patrick Rosal is the author of three poetry collections:Uprock Headspin Scramble and Dive, which won the Members’ Choice Award from the Asian American Writers’ Workshop; My American Kundiman, which won the Association of Asian American Studies 2006 Book Award; and, just released, Boneshepherd.. For 2009, he has been awarded a Fulbright grant as a U.S. Scholar. His poems and essays have been published widely in literary journals including Harvard Review, American Poetry Review, The Literary Review, Brevity: A Journal of Concise Literary Non-Fiction, as well as The Beacon Best and Language for a New Century, among many other anthologies. His performances and readings have been received at hundreds of venues in the U.S. and internationally in London, South America, South Africa, and the Philippines. He teaches in the MFA Program at Rutgers-Camden

October 26, 2011

Beth Kephart
Beth Kephart is the award-winning author of fourteen books, including five memoirs and numerous critically acclaimed novels for young adults. Her most recent young adult novels are You Are My Only and Dangerous Neighbors. She is a National Book Award finalist as well as a recipient of Pennsylvania Council on the Arts fiction grant, a National Endowment for the Arts grant, a Leeway grant, a Pew Fellowships in the Arts grant, and the Speakeasy Poetry Prize. She teaches advanced nonfiction at the University of Pennsylvania and is the strategic writing partner in the award-winning marketing communications firm, Fusion. Her blog was voted one of the top five author blogs in 2009.

November 16, 2011

Gary Shteyngart
Gary Shteyngart was born in Leningrad in 1972 and came to the United States seven years later. His debut novel,The Russian Debutante’s Handbook, won the Stephen Crane Award for First Fiction and the National Jewish Book Award for Fiction. It was also named a New York Times Notable Book, a best book of the year by The Washington Post andEntertainment Weekly, and one of the best debuts of the year by The Guardian. His novel Absurdistan was published in 2006 and was chosen as one of the ten best books of the year by New York Times Book Review and Time magazine. Recently, Shteyngart was recognized as one of today’s top fiction writers on The New Yorker’s “20 Under 40” list. His latest novel is Super Sad True Love Story. His fiction and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, GQ, Esquire, The New York Times Magazine, and many other publications. He is also a contributing editor to Travel & Leisure magazine. He teaches creative writing at Columbia University and Princeton University.

December 7, 2011

Martin Espada
Martin Espada has published seventeen books, including the poetry collectionThe Republic of Poetry, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Another collection, Imagine the Angels of Bread, won an American Book Award and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His awards include the American Book Award, the Robert Creeley Award, and the National Hispanic Cultural Center Literary Award. He has also edited two anthologies, Poetry Like Bread: Poets of the Political Imagination from Curbstone Press and El Coro: A Chorus of Latino and Latina Poetry. Espada is a professor in the Department of English at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

Eliza Griswold
Eliza Griswold received a 2011 Anthony J. Lukas prize for her New York Times Bestselling Book The Tenth Parallel, an examination of Christianity and Islam in Africa and Asia. She also received a 2010 Rome Prize from The American Academy in Rome for her poetry. Her book of poems isWideawake Field. Having won awards for both her non-fiction and her poems, she is currently a senior fellow at the New America Foundation. A former Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, she reports on religion, conflict and human rights. Her reportage and poetry has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times Magazine, Harpers, The New Republic, among many others.

January 25, 2012

Jennifer Egan
Jennifer Egan is the author of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, A Visit from the Goon Squad. In addition to being awarded the Pulitzer, A Visit from the Goon Squadwon the National Book Critics Circle award for fiction, was nominated for the National Book Award for Fiction and for the Pen/Faulkner award, and was short listed for the Orange Prize for Fiction. In addition to her numerous awards, HBO selected Egan’s A Visit from the Goon Squad for a series treatment. Egan is also the author of The Invisible Circus, a novel that became a feature film starting Cameron Diaz; Look at Me, a finalist for the National Book Award in fiction in 2001; Emerald City and Other Stories, and The Keep, which was a national best-seller. Her short stories have appeared inThe New Yorker, Harper’ s Magazine, Granta, McSweeney’s and other magazines. Her nonfiction articles appear frequently in The New York Times magazine. Her 2002 cover story on homeless children received the Carroll Kowal Journalism Award, and her most recent article, ”The Bipolar Kid,” received a 2009 Outstanding Media Award for Science and Health Reporting from the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

February 15, 2012

Helen Benedict
Helen Benedict is the author of six novels, five books of nonfiction and a play. Her latest novel is Sand Queen,which is based on her research for her most recent nonfiction book, The Lonely Soldier: The Private War of Women Serving in Iraq. She won three major awards for that book and her articles on soldiers: The 2010 Exceptional Merit in Media Award from the National Women’s Political Caucus, The Ken Book Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness for 2010, and the 2008 James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism. Benedict has also testified twice to Congress on behalf of women in the military. She is a professor of journalism at Columbia University.

Stephen O’Connor
Stephen O’Connor is the author of two collections of short fiction, Rescue and Here Comes Another Lesson, as well as two works of nonfiction, the memoir Will My Name Be Shouted Out?, and Orphan Trains: The Story of Charles Loring Brace and the Children He Saved. His fiction and poetry have appeared in The New Yorker, Conjunctions, TriQuarterly, Threepenny Review, Poetry Magazine, and many other places. He is a recipient of the Cornell Woolrich Fellowship in Creative Writing from Columbia University; the Visiting Fellowship for Historical Research by Artists and Writers from the American Antiquarian Society; and the DeWitt Wallace/Reader’s Digest Fellowship from the MacDowell Colony. He lives in New York City and teaches fiction and nonfiction writing in the MFA programs of Columbia and Sarah Lawrence.

March 28, 2012

Dan Conaway
Before joining Writers House as a literary agent four years ago, Dan Conaway worked as Executive Editor at Putnam, Executive Editor at HarperCollins, and Director of Literary Acquisitions at PolyGram Films. He also wrote about publishing under the pseudonym “Mad Max Perkins” at the blog BookAngst 101.

Gabriel Fried
Gabriel Fried is a poet and editor. He is the author ofMaking the New Lamb Take. His poems have also appeared in American Poetry Review, The American Scholar, The Paris Review, and other journals and magazines. He is Poetry Editor at Persea Books, an independently-owned, literary publishing house based in New York City and teaches at the University of Missouri.

Sarah Crichton
Sarah Crichton is Publisher of Sarah Crichton Books, an imprint of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, an eclectic mix of smart and vervy books, fiction and nonfiction both. Recent bestsellers have included A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah; Cathleen Schine’s novel, The Three Weissmanns of Westport; David Finkel’s reportage from Iraq, The Good Soldiers; and even a Swedish thriller, Lars Kepler’s The Hypnotist. Before becoming a book publisher, ahd was a magazine editor, first at Seventeen Magazine, and then at Newsweek. She is also a writer, and among the books she’s written is A Mighty Heart, which she co-wrote with Mariane Pearl about the kidnapping and murder of her husband, Wall Street Journal reporter Danny Pearl.

April 11, 2012

Heidi Durrow
Heidi W. Durrow is the New York Times best-selling author of The Girl Who Fell From the Sky, which received writer Barbara Kingsolver’s 2008 Bellwether Prize for Literature of Social Change. Ebony recently named Heidi as one of its Power 100 Leaders of 2010. Heidi W. Durrow is a graduate of Stanford, Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism and Yale Law School. She is the co-host of the award-winning weekly podcast Mixed Chicks Chat; and the co-founder and co-producer of the Mixed Roots Film & Literary Festival, an annual free public event, that celebrates stories of the Mixed experience. She is an occasional essay contributor to National Public Radio.

Tiphanie Yanique
Tiphanie Yanique’s story collection is How to Escape from a Leper Colony. She is the winner of a Pushcart Prize, the Kore Press Fiction Prize, The Academy of American Poets Prize, a Fulbright Scholarship in writing and the Boston Review Fiction Prize. She is the winner of the 2010 Rona Jaffe Prize in Fiction. Her fiction, poetry or essays can be found in the Best African American Fiction, Transition Magazine, American Short Fiction, The London Magazine, Prism International, Callaloo, and other journals and anthologies. She is a professor of Creative Writing and Caribbean Literature at Drew University. She is from the Virgin Islands and lives most of the year in Brooklyn, New York.

Sponsored partially by the National Endowment for the Arts.