-- The University of Southern Mississippi's Center for Writers
will begin its 2004 Visiting Writers Series on April 15 with a reading
by Diane Williams.
acclaimed fiction writer and editor of the literary journal Noon,
will read at 7 p.m. at the home of Southern Miss English professor
Dr. Angela Ball.
is located at 4 Waverly Walk in Hattiesburg. The reading is free
and open to the public.
in the short-short form and has published five story collections
since 1990, including Romancer Erector (Dalkey Archive Press,
2001); Excitability: Selected Stories (Dalkey Archive Press,
1998); The Stupefaction (Knopf, 1996).; and others.
Writers Series is one of the cornerstones of the creative writing
program at Southern Miss. In 1999, it was among the top 10 percent
of all graduate creative writing programs in the U.S. News &
World Report survey of colleges and universities, putting it
among the top 30 programs in the country.
are enormous benefits to having, as visitors to our campus, nationally
and internationally known writers of the first rank," said
Frederick Barthelme, director of the Center for Writers. "This
program allows our graduate students, who themselves come to (Southern
Miss) from all over the nation, from such excellent universities
as Columbia, Cornell, Harvard, Yale, Stanford, UVA and others, to
become acquainted with some of the remarkable literary fiction writers
and poets of our time."
has appeared in such journals as Conjunctions, 3rd Bed,
Boston Review, BOMB, Colorado Review, and Denver
Quarterly. She has also published in anthologies such as The
Pushcart Prize, Flash Fiction, and A Convergence of Birds,
an anthology of literature inspired by the work of Joseph Cornell.
She is the
founding editor of the prestigious literary annual Noon and
was a co-editor of StoryQuarterly, one of the country's foremost
literary magazines, from 1985-1997.
In praise of
Williams' most recent work, Romancer Erector, fiction writer
Ben Marcus has said, "This is the writing of the future, a
prose of sophisticated disturbance and sorrow." Lydia Davis,
a fellow practitioner of the short-short, compares Williams' work
to that of Jane Bowles and Laura Riding and praises her as "one
of the very few contemporary prose writers who seem to be doing
something independent, energetic, heartfelt."
For more information,
contact Rie Fortenberry at (601) 266-5600.