On Tuesday, September 29th members of Winter Park’s diverse arts community rubbed elbows over wine and cheese in the Cornell Fine Arts Museum to bear witness to the announcement of this season’s Winter with the Writers speaker series. The lovely and lively affair featured provocative readings by four local, celebrated authors, including Susan Lilly, Phillip Deaver, Richard Frost, and Joel Quattro, and kicked off a new chapter in Rollins’ long tradition of literary excellence.
Winter with the Writers is a direct descendent of Hamilton Holt’s Animated Magazine, which was established in 1927. This unique colloquy featured the speeches and readings by the greatest living authors, poets, statesmen, actors and athletes of the time. These live symposiums were appropriately dubbed an “Animated Magazine” since the index of the program read like that of a periodical, listing famous names including silent film star Mary Pickford, athlete Mohammed Ali, statesman J. Edgar Hoover, and poet Carl Sandburg. Accompanying several early ‘editions’ of the magazine, Rollins held master class workshops, featuring Zora Neale Hurston and Sinclair Lewis, providing students opportunities to participate and learn from living legends.
Today, Winter with the Writers is continuing to offer one-of-a-kind events in which students can participate. “This new season is a continuation of Rollins College’s long standing commitment to literary excellence,” said Frost. “We’ll see a juxtaposition of tradition and rebellion, featuring a brand new popular eloquence. Writers are unique individuals… there’s no telling what will happen.”
Hosted by the Rollins College Department of English, Winter with the Writers will present four acclaimed authors on four illuminating evenings. Writers Andrea Barrett, Kay Ryan, Andre Dubus III, and Barry Lopez will become part of the Rollins academic community on four consecutive Thursdays, beginning on January 21. For more information and an opportunity to participate in this distinctive series of events, contact the Rollins English Department at 407-646-2666.