Winter with the Writers is in full swing at Rollins

If you’ve been in the area for long and been active in its literary circles, then you know that January means the beginning of Winter with the Writers at Rollins College. Unfortunately, some of the series is already history, but you still have time to attend some of the 2010 season. Winter with the Writers is held on four consecutive Thursdays. Public events include master classes at 4 PM and readings, on-stage interviews, and book signings at 8:00 PM.

In keeping with the program’s long-standing commitment to contemporary literature, the 2010 season features a diverse mix of the country’s most respected authors. The remainder of this year’s schedule follows:

Thursday, January 28: Kay Ryan is currently serving her second one-year term as U.S. Poet Laureate. She has written six books of poetry, a limited edition artist’s book, and a number of essays. Her latest book, The Best of It: New and Selected Poems, is set to be released in March. Her awards include a gold medal for poetry from the San Francisco Commonwealth Club, a Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize from The Poetry Foundation, a Guggenheim fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, a Maurice English Poetry Award, the Union League Poetry Prize, and an Ingram Merrill Foundation Award. She has received the Pushcart Prize four times and was selected for inclusion in four annual volumes of The Best American Poetry. Her poems have been widely reprinted and internationally anthologized. Since 2006, she has served as a chancellor in the Academy of American Poets.

Thursday, Feb. 4: Andre Dubus III is best known for his novel House of Sand and Fog, which was adapted into a 2003 film starring Ben Kingsley and Jennifer Connelly. In addition to winning the Pushcart Prize, he has earned the 1985 National Magazine Award for Fiction, has been a National Book Award finalist, and was included in the 1994 volume of Best American Short Stories. Dubus is on the adjunct faculty at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, where he teaches general writing, fiction writing, and directed study courses.

Thursday, Feb. 11: Barry Lopez received the National Book Award for his non-fiction book Arctic Dreams in 1986. Among his other works are the non-fiction works About This Life and Of Wolves and Men, which was a National Book Award finalist, and several award-winning works of fiction, including Field Notes, Winter Count, and a novella-length fable, Crow and Weasel. Lopez selected and introduced a collection of essays called The Future of Nature and served as co-editor (with Debra Gwartney) of Home Ground: Language for an American Landscape, a landmark work of language, geography and folklore. His recent works include Light Action in the Caribbean, a collection of stories, Resistance, a book of interrelated stories, and a new book tentatively titled “Horizon.”

Master classes, readings, and discussions are free and open to the public. Master classes are held in the Bush Auditorium (in the Bush Science Center) while author readings and interviews are conducted in the Tiedtke Concert Hall (in the Bush Executive Center). Guests are encouraged to arrive early for the 8:00 PM readings, as seating is limited. For more information, visit the Winter with the Writers Web site at http://www.Rollins.edu/WinterWithTheWriters or call 407-646-2666. For a virtual map of the campus, visit this Flash tour page.

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January 24, 2010. Announcements.

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