UF to co-host five authors during writersâ€™ festival
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Five award-winning authors will visit Gainesville and the University of Florida for the 62nd Florida Writersâ€™ Festival Oct. 20-22.
Hosted by UFâ€™s MFA Program in Creative Writing, known as MFA@FLA, and the Alachua County Library District Headquarters, the festival brings nationally distinguished poets and fiction writers to the UF campus for a series of readings and lectures. The festival is free and open to the public. This yearâ€™s authors are:
- David Berman, musician and author of â€śActual Airâ€ť
- Amy Hempel, author of four collections of stories including â€śThe Dog of the Marriageâ€ť and â€śReasons to Liveâ€ť
- Laura Kasischke, author of eight novels and eight collections of poetry, most recently â€śSpace, in Chainsâ€ť
- D. A. Powell, author of the poetry collections â€śChronicâ€ť and â€śCocktailsâ€ť
- Kevin Young, author of seven books of poetry, including â€śArdency: A Chronicle of the Amistad Rebellionâ€ť and â€śJelly Roll: A Bluesâ€ť
SCHEDULE OF FESTIVAL EVENTS:
- Oct. 20, 6 p.m.: David Berman reads, Alachua County Library District Headquarters, 401 E. University Ave.
- Oct. 21, 8- 10 p.m.: Amy Hempel and D.A. Powell reads, followed by an informal reception, Ustler Hall Atrium
- Oct. 22, 1-3 p.m.: Hempel, Powell, Young, and Kasischke present 30-minute Craft Talks, followed by an informal reception, Ustler Hall Atrium
- Oct. 22, 8-10 p.m.: Laura Kasischke and Kevin Young read, Ustler Hall Atrium.
For more information about the Florida Writersâ€™ Festival, please contact Becca Evanhoe at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the festivalâ€™s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/floridawritersfestival or the MFA@FLA website at www.english.ufl.edu/crw . MFA@FLA, the Program in Creative Writing at the University of Florida, is one of the oldest writing programs in the country.
Biographies of the 2011 Florida Writersâ€™ Festival Authors
David Berman, former front man for the indie-rock band Silver Jews, released his debut poetry collection, â€śActual Air,â€ť in 1999 with Open City Books. Poet James Tate praised the work, saying that his poems are â€śbeautiful, strange, intelligent and funny. They are narratives that freeze life in impossible contortions.â€ť The New Yorker wrote that â€śhis words have an easy, eloquent gait; each line needs to be a line. The landscapes are crisply American, and history, especially Southern history, casts a shadow.â€ť
Amy Hempel is the author of four collections of short stories. Her â€śCollected Storiesâ€ť was released in 2006 and named one of the New York Timesâ€™ 10 Best Books of the Year. She has won the Rea Prize for the Short Story, the Ambassador Award for Best Fiction of the Year, and a USA Foundation Fellowship, and she was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. Her work has appeared in Harper’s, Vanity Fair, The New York Times Magazine and Vogue. She teaches creative writing at Bennington College and at Harvard University.
Laura Kasischke is the author of eight collections of poetry and eight novels. Two of her books â€śThe Life Before Her Eyesâ€ť and â€śSuspicious River,â€ť have been made into feature films. She has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as several Pushcart Prizes. Her writing has appeared in â€śBest American Poetry,â€ť The Kenyon Review, Harperâ€™s, and The New Republic. She teaches creative writing at the University of Michigan.
Kevin Young is the author of seven books of poetry, most recently â€śArdency: A Chronicle of the Amistad Rebellion.â€ť â€śJelly Roll: A Bluesâ€ť was a finalist for the National Book Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and winner of the Paterson Poetry Prize. He won the 2010 Graywolf Nonfiction Prize for â€śThe Grey Album: Music, Shadows, Lies.â€ť Young works at Emory University as the Atticus Haygood Professor of Creative Writing and English and curator of Literary Collections and the Raymond Danowski Poetry Library.
D. A. Powellâ€™s most recent books of poetry are â€śChronicâ€ť and â€śCocktails.â€ť Both volumes were finalists for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry. A recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, he received the Kingsley Tufts Award in 2010. He has taught at the University of Iowa, Columbia University, Davidson College, New England College and Harvard University, and he teaches at the University of San Francisco.
- Becca Evanhoe, email@example.com, 785-979-6651