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2008 - 2009 Featured Writers

Steve Almond September 18, 2008
Patricia Hampl October 30, 2008
Karen Russell March 5, 2009
Vincent Delaney April 1, 2009
Note: All lectures are at 7:30 p.m. and in the Wege Ballroom. All lunch talks are at 12:30 p.m. Location and Dates to be announced.
Steve Almond - September 18, 2008 - See video of the reading: (low resolution), (high resolution)
Steve Almond Selected Works:
  • (Not That You Asked): Rants, Exploits and Obsessions, 2007
  •  Which Brings Me to You: A Novel in Confession (co-written with Julianna Baggott), 2006
  • Evil BB Chow and Other Stories, 2005
  • Candyfreak: A Journey through the Chocolate Underbelly of America, 2004
  • My Life in Heavy Metal: Stories, 2002
Not only has Steve Almond written and/or co-written the above titles, he has published over one hundred stories and poems.  Steve lives outside of Boston with his wife and daughter.
Patricia Hampl - October 30, 2008 - See video of the reading: (low resolution), (high resolution)
Patricia Hampl Selected Works:
  • The Florist’s Daughter, 2007
  • Blue Arabesque: A Search for the Sublime, 2006
  • I Could Tell You Stories: Sojourns in the Land of Memory, 2000
  • A Romantic Education, 1999
Patricia Hampl is Univeristy of Minnesota’s Regents Professor in English and a graduate of the Univeristy of Michigan. The above listed books, poems and stories are just a few of her many works. She has been awarded the 2000 National Book Critics Circle Award, a New York Times Notable Book award and fellowships from the NEA and the MacArthur and Guggenheim foundations, and the Pushcart Prize. She has an M.F.A. in poetry from the University of Iowa Writers Workshop.
Karen Russell - March 5, 2009
Karen Russell (Photo Credit: Joanne Chan) Selected Works:
  • St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves, 2007 Short Stories
  • Swamplandia! (Upcoming publication from Knopf / Random House)
Karen Russell received her MFA from Columbia University and lives in New York. She was awarded the Transatlantic Review/Henfield Foundation Award in 2005. She has been featured in both The New Yorker’s debut fiction issue and New York magazine’s list of twenty-five people to watch under the age of twenty-six.
Vincent Delaney - April 1, 2009
Vincent Delaney Selected Works:
  • Writer 1272 (comedy) - Preview Production at Aquinas College April 1- April 5, 2009
    Sponsored by: New Plays on Campus Program & The Contemporary Writers’ Series
  • The War Party, 2008
  • The Art of Bad Men, 2007
  • Perpetua
  • MLK and the FBI
  • The Robeson Tapes
  • Kuwait
Vincent Delaney’s work has been commissioned, developed and produced in most regions of the country, including the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, the Magic Theatre in San Francisco, the Guthrie, Woolly Mammoth, the Empty Space, the Jungle, PlayLabs, the New Harmony Project, Cleveland Playhouse, and the Orlando Shakespeare Festival. Awards include a McKnight Fellowship, a Jerome Commission, the Heideman Award, a Bush Fellowship, the Nathan Miller Award, an Apsey Award, and an Artists Grant from the Seattle Arts Commission. Publications: Smith and Kraus, Heineman, Samuel French, Dramatics Magazine, Vincent is a Core Member of the Playwrights Center, and teaches young playwrights in Seattle.