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1999 - 2000 Featured Writers

Jim Daniels Sept. 30, 1999
Quincy Troupe Nov. 11, 1999
Nancy Willard March 16, 2000
Michael Steinberg April 17, 2000
Jim Daniels - September 30, 1999
Jim Daniels Works by Jim Daniels:
Letters to America: Contemporary Poetry on Race, 1995; Niagara Falls (chapbook), 1994; M-80 (poems), 1993; Hacking It, 1992; Punching Out (poems), 1990
Jim Daniels was born in Detroit and educated at Alma College and Bowling Green State University. He is the author of four books of poetry, Blessing the House; M-80; Punching Out; and Places/Everyone, winner of the Brittingham Prize for Poetry, University of Wisconsin Press, 1985. Other awards include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and a Pushcart Prize. Currently, he is a Professor of English at Carnegie Mellon University, where he directs the Creative Writing Program.
Quincy Troupe - November 11, 1999
Quincy Troupe Works by Quincy Troupe:
Weather Reports: New and Selected Poems, 1991; Miles, the Autobiography (With Miles Davis), 1989; Soundings, 1988; Skulls Along the River (poetry), 1984
Quincy Troupe is a poet, author and professor of creative writing at University of California at San Diego. He is the winner of two American Book Awards and a Peabody Award, and he has published numerous acclaimed volumes of poetry - Embryo Poems, 1967-1971; Snake-back Solos: Selected Poems, 1969- 1977; Skulls Along the River; Soundings; Weather Reports: New and Selected Poems. His poems cover a variety of topics from moving away from New York City, to his new life in La Jolla, to a poem about Miles Davis and another about his son. He uses repetition, pitch, voice tone and the rhythm of the music to convey a variety of emotions to the audience.
Nancy Willard - March 16, 2000
Nancy Willard Works by Nancy Willard:
Swimming Lessons: New and Selected Poems 1996; Among Angels (With Jane Yolen - for children), 1995; Poem Made of Water, 1992; Household Tales of Moon and Water, 1983; Water Walker, 1990
Willard is a poet, author of children's literature, literary critic and short story writer. At present, she is a lecturer in the English Department at Vassar College. Books of poetry include, In His Country: Poems; Skin of Grace; Nineteen Masks for the Naked Poet: Poems; Water Walker; and Swimming Lessons. Children's Book titles include, Sailing to Cythera and Other Anatole Stories; All on a May Morning; The Snow Rabbit; The Mountains of Quilt; Pish, Posh, Said Hieronymous Bosch; An Alphabet of Angels; and The Magic Cornfield. She is the winner of the Devins Memorial Award in poetry and has had NEA grants in both fiction and poetry. Willard was raised in Ann Arbor, Mich. and was educated at the University of Michigan and Stanford University.
Michael Steinberg - April 17, 2000
Michael Steinberg  
Michael Steinberg is an acclaimed author in the genre of creative non-fiction, specifically the memoir and personal essay. He has co-authored two books on writing, a stage play and most recently, co-edited an anthology of creative non-fiction. His essays and memoirs have been published widely in magazines and journals. For 25 years he has taught writing at Michigan State University.