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Visiting Writers Series Includes Pulitzer Winner, Ex-U.S. Poet Laureate

Posted on October 19, 2011 in: Academics, Alumni, Events, Faculty & Staff, Students

Jennifer Egan. Photo by Pieter Van Hattem/Vistalux, courtesy of the author.

SPOKANE, Wash. – The Gonzaga University Visiting Writers Series lineup this year includes readings from the 2011 Pulitzer Prize winner Jennifer Egan, and former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky. Tod Marshall, Gonzaga English professor and poet, started the popular series in 2007.

All readings begin at 7:30 p.m. The Oct. 26 reading by Patricia Henley will be in the Jepson Center Wolff Auditorium; all others will be in the Cataldo Hall Globe Room.

Patricia Henley has written two chapbooks of poetry, three short story collections, two novels, a stage play, and numerous essays. Henley’s first book of stories, “Friday Night at Silver Star” (Graywolf, 1986), won the Montana First Book Award. Her novel “Hummingbird House”(MacMurray & Beck, 1999) was a National Book Award finalist.

Atonya Nelson will read from her works Nov. 16Nelson authored four short story collections and four novels, and her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Esquire, Harpers, Redbook and other magazines, and anthologies such as Prize Stories, the O’Henry Awards, and “Best American Short Stories.”

Jennifer Egan, author of “The Invisible Circus,” will read from her works on Jan. 31 (2011)Egan’s new book, “A Visit from the Goon Squad,” is a national best-seller and won for Egan the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

Former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky, whose landmark, best-selling translation of  “The Inferno of Dante,” received the Los Angeles Times’ Book Award in poetry, will read at Gonzaga Feb. 28.

Gonzaga’s Shann Ray (Leadership Studies Professor Shann Ferch’s pen name) will read from his works on April 4. Most recently, Ray authored a debut collection of short stories titled, “American Masculine.

Poets James Galvin and Dora Malech started this year’s series Sept. 15.




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