Barnard Creative Writing faculty, currently teaching poetry, playwriting, and creative non-fiction, will read from their work. Brief bios are below, but for more information, click on their names to visit their faculty profile pages:
- Yvette Christiansë
is a Professor of English and Africana Studies and a South African-born poet, novelist, and scholar. One of her books of poetry, Imprendehora (published in South Africa by Kwela Books/Snail Press 2009) was a finalist for the Via Afrika Herman Charles Bosman Prize in 2010, while her other, Castaway (Duke University Press, 1999), was a finalist in the 2001 PEN International Poetry Prize. Her novel, Unconfessed (Other Press, 2006; Kwela Books, 2007; Querido, 2007) was a finalist for the Hemingway/PEN Prize for first fiction and received a 2007 ForeWord Magazine BEA Award.
- Polly Devlin
is an Adjunct Professor, features editor, columnist, critic, documentary film director. She has written seven books, one of which was serialized on Radio 4 for over thirteen weeks. She has been published in over 10 newspapers and magazines and is currently a regular panelist on the BBC radio program Round Britain Quiz. Professor Devlin was awarded the OBE for services in literature in 1994.
- Ellen McLaughlin
An Adjunct Associate Professor for many years, McLaughli's plays have received numerous national and international productions. Producers include: Actors' Theater of Louisville, The Actors’ Gang L.A., Classic Stage Co. (N.Y.), The Intiman Theater (Seattle), Almeida Theater (London), The Mark Taper Forum (L.A.), the Public Theater in NYC, The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The National Actors’ Theater (N.Y.), and The Guthrie Theater (MN). Her grants and awards include: Great American Play Contest, Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, the NEA, the Writer's Award from the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund, the Berilla Kerr Award for playwrighting. McLaughlin is also an actor. She has worked on and Off Broadway as well as extensively in regional theater. She is most well known for having originated the part of the Angel in Tony Kushner’s Angels in America, appearing in every U.S. production from its earliest workshops through its Broadway run.
This event will be free and open to the public. A reception will follow. (The James Room is on the fourth floor of Barnard Hall.)
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