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Poetry & Prose

Authors visit campus for spring series

"Writers are oddballs, no matter how good they are at impersonating normal people, and oddballs often make interesting company," said Tom Sleigh, poet and Professor of English and Creative Writing. "'Oddballs unite!' could be the unofficial slogan that binds our writing students together."

Writing oddballs and those who enjoy their company have plenty of opportunity to unite at Dartmouth, thanks to the Creative Writing Poetry & Prose series. Every term, the Creative Writing faculty, including Sleigh, poet and Professor of English Cleopatra Mathis, novelist and Professor of English Ernest Hebert, poet, non-fiction writer and Professor of English Cynthia Huntington, and novelist and Visiting Assistant Professor of English Barbara Dimmick, invites two to four authors to campus for a reading and discussion. Some are young and newly published, some are internationally famous. Poets and fiction writers are equally represented.

The readings are free and open to the public. "Many members of the greater community attend the readings on a regular basis," said Sleigh. He cites the contact between authors, faculty, students and community members as one of the key benefits of the series.

Visiting authors also help students form a realistic sense of the ups and downs of life as a writer. "It breaks down clichés about the 'writing life' and puts a human face on that forbidding monolith called 'Literature,'" said Sleigh.

All readings are at 4 p.m. in the Wren Room or Sanborn Reading Room, Sanborn House. Contact Jeanne Briand at 646-2316 or visit this website for more information.

Thursday, Apr. 14

Scottish-born Margot Livesey is the author of five novels: Homework, Criminals, The Missing World, Eva Moves the Furniture and Banishing Verona. She has published stories in American Short Fiction, North American Review and Story, among others. She has taught at the University of California at Irvine, the Iowa Writer's Workshop and is currently a Writer-in-Residence at Emerson College in Boston.

Thursday, May 5

Poet Jean Valentine won the Yale Younger Poets Award in 1965 for Dream Barker, her first book. Since then, she has published nine more books, most recently Door in the Mountain: New and Collected Poems, which won the 2004 National Book Award for Poetry. Valentine has lived in New York City most of her life and has taught at Sarah Lawrence College, Columbia University, New York University and Manhattan's 92nd Street Y.

Thursday, May 12

Poet David Daniel will be judging the 2005 creative writing prizes at Dartmouth. In addition to the awards ceremony and Daniel's reading, student prize-winners will read brief excerpts from their own work.

Daniel was raised in Mufreesboro, Tennessee and holds degrees from Vanderbilt University, Johns Hopkins University and the University of Virginia. He is poetry editor of the journal Ploughshares and teaches literature and writing at Emerson College in Boston. His collection of poetry, Seven-Star Bird, won the Seventh Annual Levis Reading Prize from Virginia Commonwealth University. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


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Last Updated: 12/17/08