HATTIESBURG -- The
University of Southern Mississippi's Center for Writers will wrap
up its 2004 Visiting Writers Series Nov.10-11 with a workshop, panel
discussion and reading by authors Elissa Shappell and Rob Spillman.
Schappell is a founding editor of Tin House magazine
and is currently editor-at-large. She is also a contributing editor
at Vanity Fair, where she writes the "Hot Type" column.
Her first fiction collection, Use Me, was a runner-up for the PEN/Hemingway
award, a New York Times notable book, and a Los Angeles Times Best
Book of the Year.
Spillman is editor of "Tin House" and executive
editor of Tin House Books, which published Center for Writers graduate
Steven Carter's novel, I Was Howard Hughes. He was previously the
monthly book columnist for Details magazine and is a contributor
of book reviews and essays to Salon and Bookforum. He has written
for the Baltimore Sun, the Boston Review, British GQ, Connoisseur,
Details, Nerve, the New York Times Book Review, Premiere, Rolling
Stone, Spin, Sports Illustrated, SPY, Vanity Fair, Vogue, and Worth,
among other magazines, newspapers, and online magazines. He has
also worked for Random House, Vanity Fair, and the New Yorker.
A fiction workshop will be held Nov. 10, followed
by a panel discussion on publishing on Nov. 11. Schappell and Spillman
will hold a public reading at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, at the Alumni
House to close the series.
For more information, contact Rie Fortenberry at (601)