Joyce Carol Oates to Kick Off Visiting Writers Series

Created in connection with UArts' newly launched Creative Writing program, the series will also feature Cole Swensen and Laura van den Berg, among others

August 28, 2013

National Book Award winner and bestselling author Joyce Carol Oates will inaugurate the University of the Arts’ new Visiting Writers Series in September 2013.

Created in connection with the University’s newly launched Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program, the series will feature six acclaimed contemporary writers visiting the UArts campus each year. These distinguished poets, novelists and short story writers will give readings – all of which are free and open to the public.

Joyce Carol Oates' reading is co-sponsored by The American Poetry Review and will take place on Tuesday, September 24 at 6:30 p.m. at the Arts Bank Theater (601 South Broad Street).

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, her novels include them, which won the National Book Award; Blonde, a 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.

Upcoming visiting writers, who will meet with students in the UArts Creative Writing program to discuss issues of craft and the writing life, include Cole Swensen on October 24 and Laura van den Berg on December 5. Both lectures will take place at 7 p.m. in Connelly Auditorium in Terra Hall (211 South Broad Street).

Swensen is the author of 14 collections of poetry, including her most recent book, Gravesend, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and her 2004 collection, Goest, a finalist for the National Book Award. Laura van den Berg’s first collection of stories, What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us, was a Barnes & Noble “Discover Great New Writers” selection, long listed for the Story Prize and shortlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Award. Her second collection of stories, The Isle of Youth, will be released in November.

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