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Writers, Musicians Among 2005 Montgomery Fellows

Authors Grace Paley and Robert Nichols, composer Bobby McFerrin, and playwright Wendy Wasserstein, will speak, perform, and meet with students and faculty members as Montgomery Fellows in 2005.

Vermont poet laureate Grace Paley will be in residence with her husband Robert Nichols for the month of February. They will give a public reading titled "In and Out of the Country" on Tues. Jan. 25 at 4:30 p.m. in Filene Auditorium, Moore Hall. Paley is a poet and a story writer and Nichols is a novelist. The first recipient of the Edith Wharton Citation of Merit, Paley's fiction spans five decades, from the 1950s through the 1990s, and includes The Little Disturbances of Man, Enormous Changes at the Last Minute, Later the Same Day, Long Walks and Intimate Talks, and Collected Stories. In recent years, she has turned her attention almost exclusively to poetry.

Paley received an honorary degree from Dartmouth in 1998 and has also received awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Institute of Arts and Letters. She has taught at Columbia, Syracuse University, the City College of New York and Sarah Lawrence College. She and her husband will give a public reading on Tuesday, January 25, at 4:30 p.m. in Filene Auditorium in Moore Hall.

A ten-time Grammy Award winner with a four-octave vocal range, McFerrin is a virtuosic a capella singer, accomplished orchestral conductor, and composer. His CDs include Simple Pleasures, Medicine Music, Paper Music, and Beyond Words, among many others. McFerrin took up clarinet and piano as a youngster, began singing at age 27, and made his conducting debut with the San Francisco Symphony on his fortieth birthday. He will perform on April 5 at 7 p.m. in the Hopkins Center's Spaulding Auditorium.

Wasserstein, an award-winning playwright, screenwriter, and author, first gained attention for her off-Broadway play Uncommon Women and Others. Since then, she has received the 1989 Pulitzer Prize and a Tony Award for her play The Heidi Chronicles, as well as the 1993 Critics Circle Award, a Tony nomination, and the William Inge Award for Distinguished Achievement in American Theatre for The Sisters Rosensweig. Other works to her credit include The Object of My Affection; Kiss, Kiss, Darling; and Drive, She Said.

She will be on campus this spring and again this summer. Her public lecture as a Montgomery Fellow will be on April 27 at 4 p.m. in the Moore Theater at the Hopkins Center.

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By Amanda Weatherman

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Last Updated: 7/24/18