Visiting Writers Series - Fall 2013
A Poetry Reading with Kevin Young
Wednesday October 2, 2013, 7 pm
Kevin Young is the author of eight books of poetry, including Ardency: A Chronicle of the Amistad Rebels (Knopf, 2011), winner of an American Book Award, and Jelly Roll (Knopf, 2003), a finalist for the National Book Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and winner of the Paterson Poetry Prize. Young's book The Grey Album: On the Blackness of Blackness was named a New York Times Notable Book for 2012 and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Award in criticism. He is the editor of The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton, 1965-2010 (BOA Editions, 2012), The Hungry Ear: Poems of Food and Drink (Bloomsbury, 2012), Best American Poetry 2011, and The Art of Losing: Poems of Grief and Healing. Young's poetry and essays have appeared in the New Yorker, New York Times Book Review, Paris Review, Kenyon Review, and Callaloo. His awards include a Stegner Fellowship in Poetry at Stanford University, a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, and a MacDowell Colony Fellowship. Young is the Atticus Haygood Professor of Creative Writing and English and Curator of Literary Collections and the Raymond Danowski Poetry Library at Emory University in Atlanta.
A Fiction Reading with Michael Farris Smith
Wednesday October 9, 2013, 7:30 pm
Michael Farris Smith is the author of the novel Rivers (Simon and Schuster 2013) and the novella The Hands of Strangers. He has been awarded the Transatlantic Review Award, Brick Streets Press Short Story Award, Mississippi Arts Commission Literary Arts Fellowship, and the Alabama Arts Council Fellowship Award for Literature. He is a graduate of Mississippi State and the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi. He lives in Columbus, Mississippi, with his wife and two daughters.