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Fairleigh Dickinson University
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A Literary Treat for Writers and Readers
Five Visiting Writers to Read From Their Work at Fairleigh Dickinson
Madison, NJ (January 4, 2002) ó Robert Polito, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and the author of works of poetry and non-fiction including "Savage Art: A Life of Jim Thompson," will read from his work on Tuesday, January 15 at 4:30 p.m. The reading will be held in Lenfell Hall, The Mansion, Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Polito, the editor of "Crime Novels: American Noir Novels of the 1930s, 1940s, 1950s," is a recipient of Guggenheim and Ingram Merrill fellowships. He directs the Writing Programs at The New School University.
During the week of January 13-20, five acclaimed writers will give free public readings of their work on the Madison Campus of the University. The readings will include an audience question-and-answer period. The visiting writers are on the campus as part of the MFA in Creative Writing program.
The author of 11 highly praised novels, Francine Prose will read from her work on Friday, January 18 at 2 p.m. in the Rothman Institute building. Her most recent novel, "Blue Angel" was a finalist for The National Book Award. Her other works include the novella collection "Guided Tours of Hell" and two short story collections.
Darcey Steinke, author of three enthusiastically received novels, "Suicide Blonde," "Up Through the Water" and "Jesus Saves," has been awarded a Wallace Stegner Fellowship and the Grisham Southern Writer-In-Residence Endowment. She is co-editor of "Joyful Noise: The New Testament Revisited." She will read from her work on Saturday, January 19 at 7:30 p.m.in Hartman Lounge, The Mansion.
Gerald Stern has received The National Book Award for Poetry for "This Time." He will read from his work on Sunday, January 20 at 1:30 p.m. in Hartman Lounge, The Mansion. Sternís other books of poetry include "Leaving Another Kingdom," "Last Blue," and "Bread Without Sugar." He is the winner of the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize.
The Book-of-the-Month Club Stephen Crane Award for First Fiction was awarded to "Push" by Sapphire. This novel also won the Black Caucus of the American Library Associationís First Novelist Award. She is also the author of "American Dreams," a collection of poems. Sapphire will read from her work on Sunday, January 13 at 4 p.m. in Lenfell Hall, The Mansion.
Students in the Universityís MFA in Creative Writing program meet twice yearly to discuss their work and participate in discussions, seminars and lectures. These residency periods are a time for visiting writers to interact with the students in the graduate program, discuss their work and teach master classes.
For more information on the free public readings, call 973) 443-8632.