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2012-2013 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.

September 12 at 7PM, Multipurpose Room, Campus Center
Paul Lisicky and Lisa Zeidner

Paul Lisicky is the author of the memoir, Famous Builder, and two novels, Lawnboy and The Burning House. His newest book, Unbuilt Projects, is a collection of essays that has recently been selected for The Rumpus Poetry Book Club. His work has appeared in Ploughshares, The Iowa Review, StoryQuarterly, and many other anthologies and magazines. He is currently the New Voices Professor at Rutgers-Camden.

Lisa Zeidner is the author of two books of poetry and five novels, including the critically acclaimed novel, Layover. Her new novel is Love Bomb. Her reviews, articles, and stories have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, GQ, Slate, and other publications. She is a Professor at Rutgers-Camden, where she teaches in the MFA Creative Writing Program.

September 19 at 7PM, Multipurpose Room, Campus Center
Terrance Hayes

Workshop: Hayes (location to be announced)

Terrance Hayes won a National Book Award for his collection of poetry, Lighthead. His other collections of poetry are Wind in a Box, Hip Logic, and Muscular Music. He is the recipient of numerous other awards, including a Whiting Writers Award, the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, a National Poetry Series award, a Pushcart Prize, two Best American Poetry selections, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. He is a Professor of Creative Writing at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

October 24 – Stedman Gallery, Fine Arts Building
Ellis Avery and Gary Krist

Workshop: Avery (location TBA)

Ellis Avery was named by the New York Press as The Best Writer You’ve Never Heard of But Should Go Read Right Now. Her latest novel is The Last Nude. She is also the author of the award-winning novel, The Teahouse Fire, and the memoir, The Smoke Week. She teaches fiction writing at Columbia University and lives in New York City.

 

Gary Krist has published three novels, two short story collections, and two books of narrative nonfiction. His most recent work of nonfiction, City of Scoundrels, was a New York Times bestseller.. He has been a regular book reviewer for The New York Times Book Review, Salon,and The Washington Post Book World, and his satirical op-eds have appeared in The New York Times and Newsday. He has received several awards and honors, including a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. He lives in Bethesda, Maryland.

November 28 at 7 PM, Stedman Gallery
Karen Russell

Workshop: Russell

Karen Russell’s debut novel, Swamplandia!, was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. In 2011, she won the Bard Fiction Prize for St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves, a collection of short stories. Her stories have been featured in The New Yorker, The Best American Short Stories, Granta, Zoetrope, and other publications. A new collection of short stories, Vampires in the Lemon Grove, is forthcoming in February 2013. She is currently writer-in-residence at Bard College.

December 5 at 7 PM, Stedman Gallery
Aracelis Girmay and Ross Gay

Workshop: Gay

Aracelis Girmay is the author of two collections of poetry,Teeth, and Kingdom Animalia, for which she was presented the Isabella Gardner Poetry Award. She has also published a collage-based picture book, Changing, Changing: Story and Collages. Her poems have been published in Ploughshares, Bellevue Literary Review, Indiana Review, and Callaloo, among other journals. She has taught youth writing workshops in schools and community centers for the past ten years. She is an Assistant Professor of poetry at Hampshire College and also teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Drew University.

Ross Gay is the author of two poetry collections, Bringing the Shovel Down and Against Which. His poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Atlanta Review, Harvard Review, Columbia: A Journal of Poetry and Art, and other publications. He is a Cave Canem Fellow, a basketball coach, an occasional demolition man, and a painter. He teaches poetry at Indiana University in Bloomington and at the low-residency MFA program at Drew University.

January 30 at 7 PM, Stedman Gallery
Meghan Daum and Robin Hemley

Workshop: Hemley

Meghan Daum is the author of the memoir Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived In That House. She has also published a novel, The Quality of Life Report, and a collection of essays, My Misspent Youth. She writes a weekly op-ed column for The Los Angeles Times and has contributed to public radio’s Morning Edition, Marketplace, and This American Life. She has written for numerous publications, including The New Yorker, Harper’s, GQ, Vogue, Travel & Leisure, and Harper’s Bazaar. She lives in Los Angeles.

Robin Hemley is the winner of a Guggenheim Fellowship for his nonfiction book, DO-OVER!. He has been awarded the Pushcart Prize for his essay, To the Rainforest Room. He has published seven books of fiction and nonfiction, including two guides to writing creative nonfiction and Invented Eden: The Elusive, Disputed History of the Tasaday, which is development as a film. He is the editor of Defunctmagazine and directs the Nonfiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa in Iowa City.

February 20 at 7PM, Stedman Art Gallery, Fine Arts Building
Cathy Park Hong and Ben Schrank

Workshop: Schrank

Cathy Park Hong is the author of three collections of poetry: Engine Empire, Translating Mo’um, and Dance Dance Revolution, which was chosen for the Barnard Women Poets Prize. She is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, and a Village Voice Fellowship for Minority Reporters. Her poems have been published in A Public Space, Paris Review, Conjunctions, McSweeney’s, Harvard Review, Boston Review, The Nation, among others. She is an Assistant Professor at Sarah Lawrence College and is regular faculty at the Queens MFA program in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Ben Schrank is the author of two novels for adults,Miracle Man and Consent, as well as the author of the Insiders series for young adults. His new novel, Love is a Canoe, is forthcoming. He has written for the Financial Times, The New York Observer, Vogue, O, andSeventeen, where he was the voice behind the fictional column “Ben’s Life.” He is President and Publisher of Razorbill, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group dedicated to young adult and middle grade books. He has been a creative writing professor in the MFA program at Brooklyn College and lives in Brooklyn, New York, where he grew up.

March 13 at 7 PM, Stedman Art Gallery, Fine Arts Building
Editor/Agent panel: PJ Mark, Fiona McCrae and Jennifer Smith

PJ Mark, formerly an agent with McCormick and Williams, is currently a literary agent at Janklow & Nesbit Associates, one of the largest literary agencies in the world, with offices in New York, London and Los Angeles. He represents autobiography/memoir, graphic/illustrated, journalism/investigative reporting, literary fiction, narrative nonfiction, and pop culture. He is the agent of authors such as Samantha Hunt, Dinaw Mengestu, and Josh Weil.

Fiona McCraeFiona McCrae has been publisher of Graywolf Press since 1994, following four years at Faber and Faber USA in Boston, where she was a director and executive editor. From 1982 until her move to Boston in 1991, she was at Faber and Faber, Ltd., in London, where she worked with such authors as Kazuo Ishiguro, Caryl Phillips, and Howard Norman. McCrae has taught publishing courses at Harvard University and Emerson College.  Authors that McCrae has published at Graywolf include Elizabeth Alexander, Charles Baxter, Per Petterson, Salvatore Scibona, and Percival Everett. She currently serves on the board of Books for Africa and is an advisor for Open Letter Press.  She became an American citizen in 2003 and is married to the writer John Coy. Fiona travels frequently to New York City, where Graywolf keeps an office, to meet with agents, authors, and other publishing colleagues.

Jennifer Smith is a Senior Editor at Ballantine Bantam Dell, an imprint of Random House, where she edits mostly fiction.  Some of her recent titles include the New York Times bestsellers The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh, French Lessons by Ellen Sussman, and MWF Seeking BFF by Rachel Bertsche, as well as the critically acclaimed Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize finalist The Privileges by Jonathan Dee.  She’s also the author of five novels for young adults.

April 3 at 7PM, Multipurpose Room, Campus Center
Tom Perrotta

Tom Perrotta is the author of a collection of short stories and six novels, two of which, Election and Little Children, have been made into critically acclaimed Academy Award-nominated films. His novel, The Abstinence Teacher, is currently being developed for film. His most recent novel, Leftover, was a New York Times Notable Book and named one of the Best Books of 2011 by O the Oprah Magazine, Kirkus Reviews, NPR Fresh Air, Amazon.com, GQ, The Washington Post, The Seattle Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Miami Herald, and The Book Page

 

Sponsored partially by the National Endowment for the Arts.