Sunday, July 29, 2012

7/29/2012 - Andre Dubus III, Steven Harvey, and Kathryn Winograd

It's day one of the public events for the Ashland University MFA Program!

Today's Events:

"Enriching the Text" - Steven Harvey and Kathryn Winograd

2-3:30 p.m., Schar College of Education, Room 138, Ashland University

Reading by Andre Dubus III

7 p.m., Schar College of Education, Room 138, Ashland University

Coming Tomorrow:
Andre Dubus III, Steven Harvey, Robert Root, Ruth L. Schwartz

About Today's Presenters:

Andre Dubus III

Andre Dubus III grew up in mill towns on the Merrimack River along the Massachusetts-New Hampshire border. He began writing fiction at age 22 just a few months after graduating from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology. Because he prefers to write in the morning, going from “the dream world to the dream world”, as the Irish writer Edna O'Brien puts it, he took mainly night jobs: bartender, office cleaner, halfway house counselor, and for six months worked as an assistant to a private investigator/bounty hunter. Over the years he's also worked as a self-employed carpenter and college writing teacher.

Andre Dubus III is the author of a collection of short fiction, The Cage Keeper and Other Stories, and the novels Bluesman, House of Sand and Fog and The Garden of Last Days, a New York Times bestseller. His memoir, Townie, was published in February 2011 with W.W. Norton & Co. His work has been included in The Best American Essays of 1994, The Best Spiritual Writing of 1999, and The Best of Hope Magazine. He has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, The National Magazine Award for fiction, The Pushcart Prize, and was a Finalist for the Rome Prize Fellowship from the Academy of Arts and Letters.

An Academy Award-nominated motion picture and published in twenty languages, his novel House of Sand and Fog was a fiction finalist for the National Book Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, Booksense Book of the Year, and was an Oprah Book Club Selection and #1 New York Times bestseller. A member of PEN American Center, Andre Dubus III has served as a panelist for The National Book Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, and has taught writing at Harvard University, Tufts University, Emerson College, and the University of Massachusetts Lowell where he is a full-time faculty member. He is married to performer Fontaine Dollas Dubus. They live in Massachusetts with their three children.

Steven Harvey

Steven Harvey is the author of Bound for Shady Grove (University of Georgia Press, 2000), a collection of personal essays about his experiences learning to sing and play the traditional music of the Appalachian Mountains where he lives. He is also the author of two other collections of personal essays, A Geometry of Lilies (University of South Carolina Press, 1993) and Lost in Translation (University of Georgia Press, 1997), and the editor of In a Dark Wood: Personal Essays by Men on Middle Age (University of Georgia Press, 1996).

Harvey is Professor of English at Young Harris College. He received his Ph.D. in literature from the University of Virginia. He has published pieces in many magazines such as Harper's, DoubleTake, The Georgia Review, The Fourth Genre, River Teeth and Creative Nonfiction, and has been anthologized in In Short, Life Studies, The Fourth Genre, Writing True: The Art and Craft of Creative Nonfiction and other collections. He is a former Governor's appointee to the board of the Georgia Humanities Council and a book reviewer for the Atlanta Journal and Constitution newspaper.

Kathryn Winograd

Kathryn Winograd, poetry, is the author of Air into Breath (Ashland Poetry Press, 2002), a 2003 Colorado Book Award Winner in Poetry. Winograd has been the recipient of a Colorado Artist Fellowship in Poetry, a Rocky Mountain Women’s Institute Associateship, and a co-winner of a Colorado Endowment for The Humanities Grant. She is a poetry faculty member for the University of Northern Colorado’s Middle Ground Project, a collaboration with the Navajo Nation funded by a Presidential Academy in American History and Civics Education grant. Recent and forthcoming publications include Calyx, Cricket Magazine, Cutthroat, Fourth Genre, Hotel Amerika, Literary Mama, and River Teeth.

Winograd is the co-author of two books on online learning and teaching, You Can Learn Online and You Can Teach Online (McGraw Hill, 2002) and author of Stepping Sideways Into Poetry (Scholastic, Inc., 2005), a classroom resource book for K12 teachers. Her poetry has appeared in literary journals such as TriQuarterly, The Denver Quarterly, The Colorado Review, The Journal, The Antioch Review, Kalliope, The Ohio Review, The Cincinnati Review, Water-Stone, Poets Laureate, Weber Studies and The New Yorker. She has published numerous articles and essays in publications such as Iris: A Journal Abut Women, Bloomsbury Review, The Herb Companion, Mountain Living, Natural Homes Magazine, Adjunct Advocate, Winds of Change, and Converge Magazine, as well as children's stories and poems in Cricket magazine and Shoofly: An Audio Magazine for Children. Her work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Winograd received her Ph.D. in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Denver, and a M.F.A. from the University of Iowa.

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