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FALL VISITING WRITERS SERIES BEGINS SEPTEMBER 6

Reed College's fall visiting writers series opens with a reading by Jemiah Jefferson on Thursday, September 6, 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.

JEMIAH JEFFERSON ’94–Thursday, September 6
8 p.m., psychology auditorium
Jemiah Jefferson was born in 1972 in Denver, Colorado. In 1994 she graduated from Reed College, where she majored in English. She is author of Voice of the Blood, published by Leisure Books. She has given readings at Powell's Books, Borders Books, KBOO Radio, Borderlands (San Francisco), and Barnes & Noble (Seattle). She lives and works in Portland, Oregon.

PETER ROCK–Thursday, September 20
8 p.m., psychology auditorium
Peter Rock was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. The author of the novels This Is The Place (Anchor, 1997) and Carnival Wolves (Anchor, 1998), he attended Deep Springs College, received a B.A. in English from Yale University, and held a two-year Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University. He has taught fiction at the University of Pennsylvania, Yale, Deep Springs College, and in the M.F.A. program at San Francisco State University; he was the recipient of a 2000 NEA fellowship. His stories and freelance writing have both appeared widely, and his third novel, The Ambidextrist, will be published in January.

RICHARD ROBBINS–Thursday, September 27
8 p.m., psychology auditorium
Richard Robbins, director of the creative writing program at Minnesota State University, Mankato, is the author of four books of poetry, most recently Famous Persons We Have Known (Eastern Washington University Press, 2000). His poetry and fiction have appeared widely in anthologies and periodicals such as CrazyHorse, the Nation, Paris Review, and Poetry Northwest. Jonis Agee has written of Famous Persons: "This . . . humorous, sly, savvy book . . . explored our national obsession. These poems are rooted in the weird conglomeration of movies, pop culture, and nature, where . . . we imagine . . . something to transform us, infuse us with passion, lead us out of the darkness of ordinary life."

CHRISTOPHER BUCKLEY–Thursday, October 25
8 p.m., psychology auditorium
Christopher Buckley, who chairs the creative writing department at the University of California, Riverside, has received an NEA grant, a Fulbright Award, four Pushcart Prizes, and a variety of other literary awards. His work has appeared in journals such as the New Yorker, American Poetry Review, the Nation, and TriQuarterly. His eleventh book, Star Apocrypha, was published by Northwestern University Press in the spring of 2001. Buckley is a writer of reviews and creative nonfiction and an editor, as well as a poet; his earlier books include Fall From Grace (Bk Mk Press, 1998), Camino Cielo (Orchises Press, 1997), and Cruising State: Growing Up in Southern California (University of Nevada Press, 1994).

SUSAN CHOI–Thursday, November 1
8 p.m., psychology auditorium
Susan Choi is the author of The Foreign Student (HarperFlamingo, 1998), which Richard Eder, in the LA Times Sunday Book Review, called "a first novel of extraordinary sensibility and transforming strangeness." The recipient of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, a fellowship to the Fine Arts Center in Provincetown, and a residency at the Ucross Foundation in Wyoming, Choi makes her home in Brooklyn, New York. Choi is a teacher as well as a writer, and her short fiction has appeared in such journals as Epoch and the Iowa Review.

TERRENCE HAYES–Thursday, November 8
8 p.m., psychology auditorium
Terrence Hayes teaches creative writing at Carnegie Mellon University and is the author of Muscular Music, which won both the 1999 Whiting Writers Award and the 2000 Kate Tufts Discovery Award. Hayes is a native of South Carolina and received his M.F.A. from the University of Pittsburgh in 1997. His work has appeared in journals such as the Beloit Poetry Journal, Cream City Review, 5AM, The Iconoclast, Obsidian III, Poet Lore, and the Red Brick Review.

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