Visiting Writers Series: Joyce Carol Oates

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National Book Award winner and bestselling author Joyce Carol Oates inaugurates the Creative Writing program's new Visiting Writers Series.

Oates is the author of more than 70 books, including award-winning novels and critically acclaimed short story collections, as well as essays, plays, poetry and a recent memoir, A Widow's Story. Best known for her fiction, Oates' novels include them, which won the National Book Award; Blonde, a bold reimagining of the inner life of Marilyn Monroe; We Were the Mulvaneys, an Oprah's Book Club selection and national bestseller; and her most recent novel, The Accursed.

Among her numerous honors are the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction and the National Humanities Medal, awarded by President Barack Obama in 2010. Oates is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University and has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1978.

The Visiting Writers Series will feature six acclaimed contemporary writers who will visit campus each year. These distinguished poets, novelists and short story writers will give readings – all of which are free and open to the public – and meet with students in the Creative Writing major to discuss issues of craft and the writing life.

Oates' reading is co-sponsored by The American Poetry Review.

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