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2003 - 2004 Featured Writers

Kurtis Lamkin Sept. 10, 2003; Lunch talk: Loutit Room
Leslie Ullman Oct. 30, 2003; Lunch talk: Loutit Room
Michael Ondaatje April 13, 2004 (Performing Arts Center)
Note: All lectures are at 7:30 p.m. and in the Wege Ballroom unless otherwise noted. All lunch talks are at 12:30 p.m.
Kurtis Lamkin - Sept. 10, 2003
Kurtis Lamkin Works by Kurtis Lamkin:
"Queen of Carolina" CD; "El Shabazz" CD
Kurtis Lamkin is a poet from Philadelphia who plays the Kora, a beautiful twenty-one string West African harp/lute. He has performed his poems internationally, most recently at the Gullah Festival in South Carolina, The Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival in Waterloo, New Jersey, the Guggenheim Museum in New York City, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, and at the Skagit River Poetry Festival and Bumbershoot Festival in Washington State.
Leslie Ullman - Oct. 30, 2003
Leslie Ullman Works by Leslie Ullman:
Natural Histories; Dreams by No One's Daughter; Slow Walk Through Sand

San Miguel Poetry Week
Leslie Ullman was born in Chicago and received her BA from Skidmore College in 1969 and her MFA from University of Iowa in 1974. She has been awarded two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, and her poems have appeared in magazines such as Poetry, The Kenyon Review, The New Yorker, Puerto Del Sol, and Blue Mesa Review, as well as numerous anthologies. Her poetry reviews have appeared in Kenyon Review and Poetry Magazine. She directed UTEP's Creative Writing Program during the inception and first several years of its Bilingual MFA, and teaches workshops in poetry, creative non-fiction, fiction and beginning creative writing, and literature courses in contemporary American poetry. She is on the faculty of the Vermont College MFA Program. Leslie lives on ranchland in Southern New Mexico. (Source: UTEP)
Michael Ondaatje - April 13, 2004
Michael Ondaatje Works by Michael Ondaatje:
Anil's Ghost; The Collected Works of Billy the Kid; Coming Through Slaughter; The Conversations: Walter Murch & the Art of Editing Film; English Patient; Handwriting; In the Skin of the Lion; Running in the Family; There's a Trick With a Knife I'm Learning To Do

Note: This is a ticketed presentation; ticket order will be taken at a later date.
Special Thanks to: Deborah Meijer, the Rimbaud Fund of the Grand Rapids Community Foundation
Sri-Lanka native Michael Ondaatje is a literary phenomenon: a best-selling writer, one whose work is a stunning fusion of jazz rhythms, film montage technique, and profoundly beautiful language. Although he is best known as a novelist, Ondaatje's work also encompasses memoir, poetry, and film, and reveals a passion for defying conventional form. In his landmark novel, The English Patient - later made into the Academy Award-winning film - he explores the history of people history does not explore, intersecting four diverse lives at the end of World War II. Ondaatje is himself an interesting intersection of cultures. Born in the former Ceylon of Dutch/Indian ancestry, he was raised in London, and is now a Canadian citizen. Having won the British Commonwealth's highest honor - the Booker Prize (1992) - Ondaatje has taken his rightful place as a contemporary literary treasure. (Source: Steven Barclay Agency)