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Award-winning poet kicks off spring Visiting Writers Series Feb. 7

Prize-winning poet Dana Levin will start the spring Visiting Writers Series with a reading and book signing Feb. 7 at the University Union, Golden Eagle Suite.

The series, which is sponsored by the Creative Writing Program in the Department of English, will also include nationally renowned writer Tiphanie Yanique. All of the readings are free and open to the public.

Dana LevinDana Levin

Feb. 7

Q & A - 4 p.m., Language Building, Room 316

Reading and book signing - 8 p.m., University Union, Golden Eagle Suite

Dana Levin’s first book, In the Surgical Theatre, was awarded the 1999 American Poetry Review/ Honickman first book prize. Copper Canyon Press brought out her second book, Wedding Day, in 2005.

Her poetry and essays have appeared in many anthologies and magazines, including APR, Poetry, and The Paris Review. She has received fellowships and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, PEN, the Witter Bynner Foundation and the Library of Congress, the Rona Jaffe Foundation and the Whiting Foundation.

A 2007 Guggenheim Fellow, Levin’s most recent book is Sky Burial, which was noted for 2011 year-end honors by The New Yorker, the San Francisco Chronicle and Library Journal. A teacher of poetry for more than 20 years, she is co-chairman of the Creative Writing and Literature Department at Santa Fe University of Art and Design.

Tiphanie YaniqueTiphanie Yanique

Feb. 28  

Q & A - 4 p.m., Language Building, Room 316

Reading and book signing - 8 p.m., University Union, Silver Eagle Suite

Tiphanie Yanique is the author of How to Escape from a Leper Colony, published by Graywolf Press. Her writing has won the 2011 BOCAS Prize for Caribbean Fiction, Boston Review Prize in Fiction, a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers Award, a Pushcart Prize, a Fulbright Scholarship and an Academy of American Poet's Prize.

She has been listed by the Boston Globe as one of the sixteen cultural figures to watch out for and by the National Book Foundation as one of the 2010 5 Under 35, a list announcing the next generation of fiction writers. Her writing has been published in Best African American Fiction, The Wall Street Journal and American Short Fiction

Tiphanie is from the Virgin Islands and is a professor in the master of fine arts program at the New School in New York City.

For more information, visit Tiphanie Yanique's website.


Posted on: Wed 06 February 2013

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