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.