Spring 2013 Visiting Writer Series - Peter Orner

Spring 2013 Visiting Writer Series - Peter Orner

February 27, 2013 - 8:00pm - 9:30pm
International Center, Room 101
Free and Open to the Public
Center for Writers in the Department of English 601.266.4320

The Center for Writers at The University of Southern Mississippi will host the second and final reading in the Spring series of visiting writers on Wednesday, February 27 at 8:00 p.m. in the International Center Room 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.

He 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. 

This event is free and open to the public.

The Center for Writers is a creative writing program housed in the College of Arts & 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 journalProduct The 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.