Nationally Acclaimed Authors Come to Rollins for 2008 Winter With the Writers, A Festival of the Literary Artse

January 28, 2008

For the 68th year, Rollins College presented its award-winning visiting authors series, which brings distinguished writers to campus to share their work and expertise with students and the community. The annual Winter With the Writers, A Festival of the Literary Arts is held four consecutive Thursdays, beginning the last week in January. Events include master classes at 4 p.m. and readings, on-stage interviews and signings at 8 p.m.

“It’s starting to get exciting even now,” said Philip Deaver, Rollins writer-in-residence and associate professor of creative writing. “We’re receiving inquiries about the program from all over the world. Rollins is squarely on the literary map precisely because of writers like those we're hosting this season–top-caliber all the way.”

Michael CunninghamThe series kicked off Thursday, Jan. 31 with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Cunningham. His novels, including A Home at the End of the World, Flesh and Blood and Land’s End: A Walk Through Provincetown, have been published to wide acclaim. The Hours won the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and PEN/Faulkner Award. The film version of The Hourswas directed by Stephen Daldry and featured Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore and Meryl Streep. He is also the recipient of the Whiting Writers Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship.

Mark JarmanPoet Mark Jarman visited Rollins Thursday, Feb. 7. Centennial professor of English at Vanderbilt University, Jarman’s most recent poetry is collected in his new book, Epistles. He is the author of eight additional books of poetry. Awards include a Joseph Henry Jackson Award for his poetry, three NEA grants in poetry and a fellowship in poetry from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. His book, The Black Riviera, won the 1991 Poets’ Prize.

Claire KeeganIrish short-story writer Claire Keegan visited Rollins Thursday, Feb. 14. Her first collection of stories, Antarctica, was a Los Angeles Times Book of the Year and was translated into Chinese, Italian and German. Her latest collection, Walk the Blue Fields, was published earlier this year. Her stories have won numerous awards, including The William Trevor Prize, The Kilkenny Prize, The Olive Cook Award, The Tom Gallon Award and more.

Jamaica KincaidOn Thursday, Feb. 21, the series concluded with American novelist Jamaica Kincaid. Her first book, At the Bottom of the River was nominated for the PEN/Faulkner Award and won the Morton Darwen Zabel Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Following, she published her first novel, Annie John. Other major works include Annie, Gwen, Lilly, Pam and Tulip, Autobiography of My Mother, My Garden (Book) and Among Flowers: A Walk in the Himalaya.

As always, master classes, readings, and discussions are free and open to the public.  Guests are encouraged to arrive early for the readings, as seating is limited. For more information, visit the Winter With the Writers website or call 407-646-2666.

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