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Welcome to the Mississippi Writers Page Newsletter for August 23-29, 2002

In this issue:


THIS WEEK in MISSISSIPPI LITERARY HISTORY

The following events all happened during this week in Mississippi history.

Year:
1939: Fiction writer Lewis Nordan was born in Jackson, Mississippi. (Aug. 23)

1939: Political scientist Harold R. Rodgers, Jr., was born in Columbus, Mississippi. (Aug. 25)

1942: Medical doctor and writer John M. Smith was born in Laurel, Mississippi. (Aug. 23)

1944: Murry Falkner, brother of William and John Faulkner, married Suzanne Coqterre. (Aug. 24)

1949: Historian Thomas D. Cockrell was born in Mississippi. (Aug. 26)

1960: William Faulkner accepted an appointment to the University of Virginia faculty. (Aug. 25)

1982: Historian George C. Osborn died. (Aug. 23)

1982: Music composer and writer Lehman Engel died of cancer in New York City. (Aug. 29)

1989: The opera Pamelia, libretto by Linda Peavy and Ursula Smith, was first performed in Billings, Montana. (Aug. 25)

1992: Spanish professor Reginald C. Reindorp died in Purvis, Mississippi. (Aug. 27)

1998: Country comedian Jerry Clower died in Jackson, Mississippi, five days after undergoing heart bypass surgery. (Aug. 24)


NEWS about MISSISSIPPI WRITERS

Award-winning poets read in Visiting Writers Series launch Sept. 5 at Ole Miss

Aug. 20, 2002

OXFORD, Miss. — Writers Nick Carbo and Denise Duhamel launch the University of Mississippi campus poetry series Sept. 5.

The husband-and-wife poets address students, faculty and guests at a 7 p.m. reading in Bondurant Hall auditorium. Their visit is sponsored by the John and Renee Grisham Visiting Writers Series and the UM Department of English.

At 4 p.m., Square Books in downtown Oxford hosts a book signing for them.

Carbo is editor of the groundbreaking collection of Filipino and Filipino-American poetry Returning A Borrowed Tongue: An Anthology of Contemporary Filipino and Filipino-American Poetry. He has been hailed as one of the finest writers of his generation of Filipino Americans. Among his awards are fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts.

Duhamel, author of numerous poetry books, most recently wrote Queen for a Day: Selected and New Poems. Her other titles include The Star-Spangled Banner, winner of the Crab Orchard Award in Poetry, and Kinky, a book of poems devoted to Barbie dolls. Her work is in numerous anthologies.

“They will provide an electric and diverse opening to the English department’s speaker series,” said poet Beth Ann Fennelly, a UM visiting assistant professor of creative writing.

Born in the Philippines, Carbo received a master of fine arts in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence College in New York and has been resident poet at Bucknell University and writer-in-residence at American University in Washington, D.C. He also is the author of two poetry books, Secret Asian Man and El Grupo McDonald’s.

A native of Woonsocket, Rhode Island, Duhamel also is winner of the New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship and the Poets & Writers’ magazine’s Writers Exchange Award. She earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from Emerson College in Boston, Mass., and a master of fine arts degree from Sarah Lawrence College.

Carbo and Duhamel are creative writing faculty members at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla., and Florida International University in Miami, respectively.

For more information or assistance due to a disability, contact the Department of English at 662-915-7439.


Do you have a news item about a Mississippi writer? Please send your information to mwp@olemiss.edu.


AUTHOR EVENTS: Book Signings, Readings, and Appearances

Aug. 1-Nov. 4: J. D. William Library, University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi

“Civil Rights, Mississippi, and the Novelist’s Craft.” This exhibit highlights fictional accounts set in Mississippi during the Civil Rights Movement, including works by Ellen Douglas, Patrick D. Smith, Elizabeth Spencer, Eudora Welty, Lewis Nordan, William Mahoney, Joan Williams, and many others. Supplementing the display of books will be correspondence, manuscripts, and related ephemera drawn from the archive’s literary collections. Located in the Hall of Mississippi Writers in the Special Collections Department, J. D. Williams Library. Open 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays. For more information, please contact: Leigh McWhite, (662) 915-7937, slmcwhit@olemiss.edu.

Sep. 5: Bondurant Hall Auditorium, University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi, 7:00 p.m.

Poetry Reading by Denise Duhamel and Nick Carbo. Joint poetry reading by two accomplished poets who are also husband and wife. Sponsored by the John and Renee Grisham Visiting Writers Series and the Department of English. For more information, contact the English Department at (662) 915-7687, engl@olemiss.edu.

Oct. 7: Bondurant Hall Auditorium, University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi, 7:00 p.m.

Poetry Reading by Alan Michael Parker. Respected poet Alan Michael Parker will read from his work. Sponsored by the John and Renee Grisham Visiting Writers Series and the Department of English. For more information, contact the English Department at (662) 915-7687, engl@olemiss.edu.

If you know of upcoming readings and appearances by Mississippi writers, please let us know by writing us at mwp@olemiss.edu. 


ON THE HORIZON

The following events are planned for the coming weeks and months. You may wish to begin planning now to attend or participate.

November 11, 2002

Poetry Reading by J. D. McClatchy, Bondurant Hall Auditorium, The University of Mississippi campus, in Oxford.

January 16, 2003

Poetry Reading by Tom Chandler, Bondurant Hall Auditorium, The University of Mississippi campus, in Oxford.

February 6, 2003

U.S. Poet Laureate (2001-2002) Billy Collins reads from his poetry and offers commentary on his work and other matters. Bondurant Hall Auditorium, The University of Mississippi campus in Oxford.

February 17, 2003

A reading by Clifton L. Taulbert on the University of Mississippi campus in Oxford.

March 25, 2003

Poetry Reading by Andrew Hudgins, Bondurant Hall Auditorium, The University of Mississippi campus, in Oxford.

March 26-30, 2003

Seventeenth Annual Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, New Orleans, Louisiana. For information, visit their web site at www.tennesseewilliams.net.

April 10-13, 2003

Oxford Conference for the Book, Oxford, Mississippi.

July 20-25, 2003

30th Annual Faulkner & Yoknapatawpha Conference, The University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi


If you know of additional news items for this newsletter or if you have suggestions, please write us at mwp@olemiss.edu.

For more information about events in the Oxford and University of Mississippi community, see the Ole Miss Community Calendar:
www.olemiss.edu/calendar/


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