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N. Scott Momaday

N. Scott Momaday

N. Scott Momaday is a poet, a Pulitzer prize-winning novelist, a playwright, a painter and photographer, a storyteller, and a professor of English and American literature. He is Native American (Kiowa), and among his chief interests are Native American art and oral tradition. In 2007, he received the National Medal of Arts ™for his writings and his work that celebrate and preserve Native American art and oral tradition.∫ In addition to the National Medal of Arts, he has received the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his first novel, House Made of Dawn; a Guggenheim Fellowship; a National Institute of Arts and Letters Award; the Golden Plate Award from the American Academy of Achievement; the Premio Letterario Internazionale ™Mondello,∫ Italy's highest literary award; the Saint Louis Literary Award; the Premio Fronterizo, the highest award of the Border Book Festival; the 2008 Oklahoma Humanities Award; and the 2003 Autry Center for the American West Humanities Award. UNESCO named him an Artist for Peace in 2003, making him the first American to be so honored since the United States rejoined UNESCO. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and holds 20 honorary degrees from colleges and universities including Yale University, the University of Massachusetts, the University of Oklahoma, the University of Tulsa, Blaise Pascal University (France), and his alma mater, the University of New Mexico.

 

House Made of Dawn

 

Karen Russell

Karen Russell

 

Karen Russell, a native of Miami, has been featured in The New Yorker’s debut fiction issue and on The New Yorker’s 20 Under 40 list, and was chosen as one of Granta’s Best Young American Novelists. In 2009, she received the 5 Under 35 award from the National Book Foundation. Three of her short stories have been selected for the Best American Short Stories volumes.  Her books include St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves, Swamplandia, which was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize, and Vampires in the Lemon Grove, Stories,  published in February 2013.



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Vampires

 

Ricardo Pau-Llosa

Ricardo Pau-Llosa

Ricardo Pau-Llosa has published six books of poetry, the last four with Carnegie Mellon University Press. Among these titles are: Parable Hunter, Cuba, Vereda Tropical, and The Mastery Impulse. As an art critic, he has been publishing essays and articles in numerous international journals, exhibition catalogues, and books.  He has also curated various exhibitions, served on international art juries, and lectured widely.  His primary area of focus has been Latin American art of the last hundred years.  In the fall of 2010 the Snite Museum of Art at the University of Notre Dame featured a major exhibition, Parallel Currents: Highlights of the Ricardo Pau-Llosa Collection of Latin American Art, and published a book that analyzes the connection between the diverse aspects of Pau-Llosa’s life as a poet, collector, critic/curator, and thinker.

 

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Home For Art of Pau-Llosa

 

Mayra Santos-Febres

Mayra Santos-Febres

Mayra Santos-Febres was born in Carolina, PR. Poet, Ficton writer, and essayist her books of poetry include El orden escapado (Order Escaped), Tercer Mundo (Third World), and Boat People.  She is an essayist and fiction writer, as well. As a short story writer she has won the Letras de Oro prize (USA, 1994), for her collection Pez de vidrio (Glass Fish), and in 2000, Grijalbo Mondadori in Spain published her first novel, Sirena Selena vestida de pena, which has been translated into English as Sirena Silena. Her other fiction titles include Cualquier miércoles soy tuya (Any Wednesday, I'm Yours) and Nuestra Señora de la Noche (Our Lady of the Night).  In 2005, Ediciones Callejón published her book of essays titled Sobre piel y papel (On Skin and Paper).  Widely acclaimed in her native Puerto Rico, Santos-Febres has been visiting professor at Harvard University and Cornell University. She was selected as one of the 100 most influential Latina American women in 2010 by the Spanish newspaper El País and awarded a UNESCO medal the same year. She is currently tenured professor and director of the writing workshop at the University of Puerto Rico.

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Sirena Silena

 

Azar Nafisi

Azar Nafisi

Azar Nafisi is best known as the author of the national bestseller Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books, which electrified its readers with a compassionate and often harrowing portrait of the Islamic revolution in Iran and how it affected one university professor and her students. The book spent over 117 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and in 2009 was named as one of the “100 Best Books of the Decade” by The Times (London).

Her most recent book, Things I’ve Been Silent About: Memories, a memoir about her mother, was published in January 2009. She is currently working on a book entitled Republic of the Imagination, which is about the power of literature to liberate minds and peoples. Her book That Other World: Nabokov and the Puzzle of Exile (Yale University Press) will be published in fall 2012.

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Things I've Been Silent About

 

 

 


Winter With the Writers, A Festival of the Literary Arts is sponsored by The Thomas P. Johnson Distinguished Visiting Scholar and Artist Fund, Winter With the Writers Patrons, and the Rollins College Department of English.