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Released January 18, 2005

SOUTHERN MISS CENTER FOR WRITERS
TO HOST NOVELIST FRANCINE PROSE

HATTIESBURG --The University of Southern Mississippi's Center for Writers will host award-winning novelist Francine Prose for a week, beginning January 23. During her residency at the Center for Writers, Prose will facilitate two afternoon workshops in fiction and nonfiction with graduate students and meet with them individually for one-on-one consultations. A reading, open to the public, will be held at the Southern Miss Ogletree Alumni House at 7 p.m. Thursday, January 27.

Prose is the author of 10 novels, including Blue Angel, which was nominated for a 2000 National Book Award. Her most recent books are After, a novel for young adults; Sicilian Odyssey, a travel book; The Lives of the Muses: Nine Women and the Artists They Inspired; and Gluttony, a meditation on a deadly sin. Her other books include Hunters and Gatherers, Bigfoot Dreams and Primitive People, two story collections, and a collection of novellas, Guided Tours of Hell. She has also written four children's books and co-translated three volumes of fiction.

Her stories, reviews and essays have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Harper's, Best American Short Stories, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The New York Observer, Art News, the Yale Review, The New Republic, and numerous other publications. A fellow of the New York Institute for the Humanities and a 1999 Director's Fellow of the New York Public Library's Center for Scholars and Writers, she is a contributing editor of Harper's magazine and Bomb magazine and writes regularly on art for the Wall Street Journal. The winner of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a 1989 Fulbright Fellowship to the former Yugoslavia, two NEA grants, and a PEN Translation Prize, she has taught at Harvard, Sarah Lawrence College, the Iowa Writers' Workshop, the University of Arizona, the University of Utah, the Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writers' Conferences. A film of her novel Household Saints was released in 1993.

For more information about the Southern Miss Center for Writers, contact Rie Fortenberry at (601) 266-5600.

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