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1998 - 1999 Featured Writers

Lisel Mueller Oct. 1, 1998
David Mura Nov. 12, 1998
Colette Inez Feb. 2, 1999
Mark Doty April 8, 1999
Lisel Mueller - Oct. 1, 1998
Lisel Mueller Works by Lisel Mueller:
"The Private Life," 1975; "Second Language," 1986; "Waving from Shore," 1989; "Alive Together," 1996; "Dependencies," 1965
A native of Germany and now a U.S. citizen, Lisel Mueller was born on February 8, 1924. She earned a B.A. in sociology at the University of Evansville and did graduate work in comparative literature, with an emphasis on folklore and mythology, at Indiana University. She has been a visiting writer at a number of institutions, including the University of Chicago and Washington University in St. Louis. Mueller is the author of seven books of poetry: Dependencies (1965); The Private Life (1976), which was the Lamont Poetry Selection of the Academy of American Poets; Voices from the Forest (1977); The Need to Hold Still (1981), which received the National Book Award; Second Language (1986); Waving from Shore (1989), which received the Carl Sandburg Prize and Alive Together: New and Selected Poem (1996). She has also translated several works from the German.

In addition to the National Book Award and the Lamont prize, Mueller has received the Emily Clark Balch Prize, the Eunice Tietjens Memorial Prize, the English-Speaking Union Prize, the Jacob Glatstein Translation Award, the Theodore Roethke Prize, and a Pushcart Prize.

Mueller lives in Lake Forest, Illinois.
David Mura - Nov.12, 1998
David Mura
Works by David Mura:
"Colors of Desire," 1995; "Turning Japanese," 1997; "After We Lost Out Way," 1997
David Mura is a poet, creative nonfiction writer, critic, playwright and performance artist. A Sansei, or third generation Japanese American, Mura is the author of "Turning Japanese: Memoirs of a Sansei," which won a 1991 Josephine Miles Book Award from the Oakland PEN and was listed in the New York Times Notable Books of the Year. Mura's new memoir, "Where the Body Meets Memory: An Odyssey of Race, Sexuality and Identity" was published in 1996. Mura's most recent book of poetry is "The Colors of Desire," which won the Carl Sandburg Literary Award from the Friends of the Chicago Library.

Mura is the Artistic Director of the Asian American Renaissance, and Asian American arts organization in Minnesota, where he lives with his wife and three children.
Colette Inez - Feb. 2, 1999
Colette Inez Works by Colette Inez:
"The Woman Who Loved Worms," 1992; "Getting Under Way," 1993; "Clemency," 1998
Colette Inez, the author of seven books of poetry, has been widely published and anthologized and has read her work at colleges and universities nationwide. Colette graduated from Hunter College with a degree in English Literature. Her most recent books of poetry include: For Reasons of Music, Naming the Moons, Getting Underway: New and Selected Poetry, The Woman Who Loved Worms, Eight Minutes from the Sun and Alive and Taking Names.

Among many awards, she has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, and two from the Endowment for the Arts. Ms Inez is currently on the faculty of Columbia University and has taught at Ohio University. She has also instructed at writers conferences, conducted poetry seminars, and has appeared on public radio and TV.
Mark Doty - April 8, 1999
Mark Doty Works by Mark Doty:
"Atlantis," 1995; "My Alexandria," 1995; "Heaven's Coast," 1997; "Sweet Machine," 1998
Doty's four books of poems, including My Alexandria and Atlantis, have been honored with the National Book Critics Circle Award, a Whiting Writers' Award and Britain's T.S. Eliot Prize. His memoir Heaven's Coast has been described as "a terrifying and elegant document of the age of AIDS."