Four authors, including a rescheduled visit by Terry Tempest Williams, will be at Clarion University this spring. All events are free and open to the community.
Clarion University Department of English’s Spoken Arts Series is sponsoring visits by Sherrie Flick and Marc Nelson, and co-sponsoring with Venango College the appearance of Williams, and with the Martin Luther King Committee the appearance of Bruce Weigl.
Sherrie Flick will speak at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 19 in the University Art Gallery. Flick published her debut novel, “Reconsidering Happiness,” in 2009. It was a semi-finalist for the Virginia Commonwealth University Cabell First Novelist Award. She is also author of the award-winning flash fiction chapbook “I Call This Flirting” (Flume, 2004). Anthologies include “Keeping the Wolves at Bay” (Autumn House, 2010), “Sudden Fiction” (Norton, 2007), and “Flash Fiction Forward” (Norton, 2006), as well as “Sudden Stories: The Mammoth Book of Minuscule Fiction” (MAMMOTH, 2003) and “You Have Time for This” (Ooligan, 2007). Her essay “Flash in a Pan” appears in “The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction,” 2009.
Marc Nieson will speak at 7:30 p.m. March 12 in the University Art Gallery. He is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and NYU Film School. His background includes filmmaking, children’s theatre, building construction and a season with a one-ring circus. Excerpts from “Schoolhouse: A Memoir in 13 Lessons” have appeared in the Literary Review, Iowa Review, Green Mountains Review and Chautauqua. Recent short fiction pieces appeared in Conjunctions, won the 2008 Raymond Carver Short Story Contest, and were nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Award winning feature-length screenplays include “The Speed of Life,” “The Dream Catcher” and “Bottomland,” as well as the short film “What Green Could Be.” He serves on the faculty of Chatham University and is working on a new novel, “Houdini’s Heirs.”
Bruce Weigl will visit at 7:30 p.m. March 28 in 250/252 of Gemmell Student Complex. Weigl is the author of 13 collections of poetry, most recently "The Abundance of Nothing" (2012 TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern), “Declension in the Village of Chung Luong” (Ausable Press, 2006), “The Unraveling Strangeness” (Grove/Atlantic, 2002), “After the Others” (TriQuarterly Books, 1999), “Archeology of the Circle: New and Selected Poems” (Grove/Atlantic, 1999) and “Sweet Lorain” (TriQuarterly Books, 1996), and the editor or co-editor of three collections of critical essays and an anthology. He has co-translated several Vietnamese poetry collections. In the spring of 2000 Grove/Atlantic published his memoir, “The Circle of Hanh.” Weigl has been awarded a Patterson Poetry Prize, the Pushcart Prize twice, and a prize from the Academy of American Poets, among many awards and nominations. He is distinguished professor of arts and humanities at the Lorain County Community College.
Terry Tempest Williams, whose visit is rescheduled from last fall, will speak at 7:30 p.m. April 24 at Venango College and at 10:30 a.m. April 25 in 250/252 of Gemmell Student Complex. She has been called a citizen writer, a writer who speaks out on behalf of an ethical stance toward life. A naturalist and fierce advocate for freedom of speech, she has consistently shown how environmental issues are social issues that ultimately become matters of justice. Known for her impassioned and lyrical prose, Williams is the author of the environmental literature classic, “Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place,” “An Unspoken Hunger: Stories from the Field,” “Desert Quartet,” “Leap,” “Red: Patience and Passion in the Desert” and “The Open Space of Democracy.” Her book “Finding Beauty in a Broken World” was published in 2008 by Pantheon Books. She is a columnist for the magazine The Progressive. She has received numerous awards for her writing and advocacy. Williams is currently the Annie Clark Tanner Scholar in Environmental Humanities at the University of Utah. Her writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times and Orion Magazine. Her latest book is “When Women Were Birds.”
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