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USM Center for Writers Hosts Spring Visiting Writer Series

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The Center for Writers at The University of Southern Mississippi will host the first of two readings by visiting writers on Friday, Feb. 8 at 8 p.m. in the International Center Room 101. 

Don Bogen is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently An Algebra, as well as A Necessary Order: Theodore Roethke and the Writing Process.   He is the Nathaniel Ropes Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Cincinnati and the poetry editor of the Cincinnati Review.

Bogen is the recipient of Fulbright Awards in Spain and at the Seamus Heaney Poetry Centre of Queen's University-Belfast; his awards include the Associated Writing Programs Anniversary Awards Grand Prize, a Poetry Society of America Emily Dickinson Award, fellowships from Yaddo and Carmago Foundations, grants from the Ingram Merrill Foundation and the NEA.

The second reading in the series will be Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 8 p.m. in International Center 101.  Peter Orner is the author of three books of fiction, most recently Love and Shame and Love and the editor of two books of nonfiction, Hope Deferred: Narratives of Zimbabwe and Underground America: Narratives of Undocumented Lives.

Orner is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Lannan Foundation Literary Fellowship, the Rome Prize, two Pushcart Prizes, and the Bard Fiction Prize.  He has been a finalist for such awards as the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the Pen Hemingway Award.  An associate professor at San Francisco University, Orner has been a visiting professor at the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, the University of Montana and elsewhere.

Both events in the series are free and open to the public.

The Center for Writers is a creative writing program housed in the College of Arts and Letters’ Department of English.  Between 35 and 40 students work toward M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in English with emphases in fiction or poetry, and each student completes a creative thesis or dissertation to fulfill requirements for the degree.

The Center offers workshops in fiction, non-fiction, prose, and poetry by the program's distinguished faculty.  Additional courses in craft, literary forms, and teaching creative writing are also offered regularly, and students participate in a regular reading series and in the publication of a student journalProductThe department is also home to the Mississippi Review, a nationally recognized literary magazine.  

For more information about the Spring Visiting Writers Series or the Center for Writers at USM, visit usm.edu/English or call 601.266.4320.