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VISITING WRITERS SERIES BEGINS SEPTEMBER 21

Reed College's fall visiting writers series opens with a reading by poet Roger Weingarten on Thursday, September 21, at 8 p.m. in Reed's psychology auditorium. The remainder of the fall schedule follows. All readings are free and open to the public; they all take place on Thursdays at 8 p.m. in Reed's psychology auditorium. For more information call the Reed events hotline at 503/777-7755.

ROGER WEINGARTEN--Thursday, September 21
8 p.m., psychology auditorium

Roger Weingarten, who teaches in the writing program at Vermont College, is the author of several books, Shadow, Shadow; Infant Bonds of Joy; Ghost Wrestling; and the anthology New American Poets of the '90s (all published by Godine). He also has written two new anthologies: Ghost Writing: Haunted Tales by Contemporary Writers (from Invisible Cities Press) and the forthcoming Poets of the New Century (Godine, 2001). His poems have appeared in Poetry, Poetry East, New American Review, American Poetry Review, the Paris Review, the New Yorker, and elsewhere.

PRIMUS ST. JOHN--Thursday, October 5
8 p.m., psychology auditorium

Primus St. John was born in New York City and raised by West Indian grandparents. He has worked as a laborer, gambler, and civil servant, and for the past 26 years has taught literature and creative writing at Portland State University. One of the five artists who inaugurated the National Endowment for the Arts Poets in the Schools program, he has received wide recognition for his poetry, including a reading on National Public Radio, an Oregon Book Award for Poetry, and a nomination for the American Book Award. Along with co-editing two anthologies, he has four poetry books: Skins on the Earth (Copper Canyon Press); Love Is Not a Consolation: It is a Light; Dreamer (both from Carnegie Mellon); and most recently, Communion (Copper Canyon).

BONNIE BURNARD--Thursday, October 12
8 p.m., psychology auditorium

Bonnie Burnard's first story collection, Women of Influence, won the Commonwealth Best Book Award. Her Casino & Other Stories won the Saskatchewan Best Book Award and was shortlisted for the Giller Prize, Canada's most prestigious literary award. Also a recipient of the Marian Engel Award, Bonnie Burnard was born in Southern Ontario, lived for many years in Regina, and now lives in London, Ontario, where she was recently writer in residence at the University of Western Ontario. Her recent novel, A Good House, was for many months a top bestseller in Canada and the winner of the 1999 Giller Prize. It is her first book to be published in the U.S. Alice Munroe praised A Good House: "a deep read. You keep finding more and more satisfaction in the unshowy craft, the unique vision of this writer who can tell you hard truths, hopefully."

JEFFREY McDANIEL--Thursday, October 26
8 p.m., psychology auditorium

Jeffrey McDaniel is one of the few performance poets who effortlessly navigates both the spoken and written word. Author of Alibi School and The Forgiveness Parade, McDaniel's work has been published in Ploughshares, Best American Poetry 1994, Epoch, Phoebe, Gulf Coast, New (American) Poets, and American Poetry: The Next Generation, among many others. James Tate writes of McDaniel's work: "it is hard to separate the humor from the pain. Both qualities are omnipresent and are presented in fresh and original way. McDaniel's love of language is everywhere evident making images you won't soon forget." Jeffrey McDaniel holds degrees from Sarah Lawrence College and George Mason University. He lives in Los Angeles.

THISBE NISSEN--Thursday, November 30
8 p.m., psychology auditorium

Thisbe Nissen is a graduate of Oberlin College and the Iowa Writers Workshop. She is the author of Out of the Girls' Room and into the Night, winner of the 1999 John Simmons Short Fiction Award, and The Good People of New York, a novel forthcoming from Knopf in May 2001. Also forthcoming is The Ex-Boyfriend Cookbook, a multimedia collaboration with Erin Ergenbright, which incorporates fiction, collage, and recipes. A native New Yorker, Thisbe Nissen now lives in Iowa City with her cats, Maisie and Fernanda.

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