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SPRING VISITING WRITERS SERIES BEGINS JANUARY 31

Reed College's spring visiting writers series opens with a reading by Sallie Tisdale on Thursday, January 31, 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.

SALLIE TISDALE–Thursday, January 31
8 p.m., psychology auditorium
Portlander Sallie Tisdale is the author of Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Harvest Moon, Lot’s Wife, Stepping Westward, Talk Dirty to Me, and The Best Thing I Ever Tasted: The Secret of Food, which was a finalist for the James Beard Award. Her essays appear in Harper’s, the New Yorker, Vogue, Salon, and Antioch Review, among other journals. Her many awards include a Pope Foundation Fellowship, an NEA Fellowship, and the James Phelan Literature Award. Tisdale has taught at Northwestern, Antioch, NYU, and the University of California.

CRYSTAL WILLIAMS–Thursday, February 7
8 p.m., psychology auditorium
Crystal Williams, assistant professor of creative writing at Reed, is the author of Kin. Her work appears or is forthcoming in journals such as the Indiana Review, Rosebud, Callaloo, Ms. Magazine, Pleiaides, the Crab Orchard Review, Poetry Daily, the Electronic Poetry Review, American Poetry: The Next Generation, and Poetry Nation, among others. Ai, author of Vice, wrote of Williams’s work: "In these poems, she captures memories as if they were fireflies. . . . She riffs language with her saxophone, metaphorical pen and she takes us into her family as if we were family too, back from a long journey and fills us in on everything we've missed, good bad and in between." Williams's second collection of poetry, Lunatic, is forthcoming from Michigan State University Press in the fall of 2002.

JEAN THOMPSON–Thursday, February 14
8 p.m., psychology auditorium
Jean Thompson is the author, most recently, of Who Do You Love, a 1999 National Book Award finalist for fiction. In these stories, wrote Katherine Dieckman in the New York Times Book Review, "Thompson impresses as an astute observer of cloaked feelings and stalled dreams. . . . Few fiction writers working today have more successfully rendered the sensation of solid ground suddenly melting away." A recipient of fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation, Thompson lives and teaches in Urbana, Illinois. Her widely anticipated novel, Wide Blue Yonder, will be published by Simon & Schuster in January.

MAXINE SCATES–Thursday, March 7
8 p.m., psychology auditorium
Maxine Scates is the author of Toluca Street, which received the Agnes Lynch Starrett poetry prize from the University of Pittsburgh Press and the Oregon Book Award for poetry. Her poems have appeared in such journals and anthologies as American Poetry Review, Antioch Review, Massachusetts Review, Prairie Schooner, and A Gathering of Poets. She has completed a second book, Birds Flying Through. Scates has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Oregon Arts Commission, and Literary Arts, Inc. She has taught poetry and writing at Northwest Writing Institute and at Lane Community College; she has been writer in residence at Lewis & Clark College and at Reed, where she will again teach next year. She currently teaches at the Mountain Writers Center in Portland. Originally from Los Angeles, she lives in Eugene.

SARA POWERS–Thursday, March 21
8 p.m., psychology auditorium
Sara Powers is a writer of tender lyricism and rare control, whose stories enchant as they provoke. She graduated from Bard College and Columbia University’s graduate writing program, and has taught fiction writing for over 10 years. Her stories have been published in journals such as Story, the Voice Literary Supplement, and Zoetrope, and have been anthologized in High Infidelity, New Stories from the South, and the Zoetrope All-Story Anthology. She lives in Venice, California.

MARK RICHARD–Thursday, March 28
8 p.m., psychology auditorium
Mark Richard is the author of the critically acclaimed novel Fishboy; Charity, a recent collection of stories; and The Ice At The Bottom Of The World, which won the PEN/Ernest Hemingway Foundation award. He is also the recipient of a Whiting Award and grants from the NEA and the Tennessee Williams Foundation, among others. His stories have appeared in Esquire, the New Yorker, the Oxford American, and the Paris Review, and have been widely anthologized. "Richard speaks," wrote the Voice Literary Supplement, "in tongues that are besotted and intoxicating."

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