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Reed College's fall visiting writers series opens with a reading by nonfiction writer Joelle Fraser on Thursday, September 12, 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.

JOELLE FRASER—Thursday, September 12
8 p.m., psychology auditorium
Joelle Fraser is the author of The Territory of Men, a memoir just published by Random House. A MacDowell Fellow, Fraser has an M.F.A. from the University of Iowa. Her essays, stories, and interviews have appeared or are forthcoming in the Iowa Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Fourth Genre,, Tin House, and ZYZZYVA. She teaches writing, serves on the review panel for Caldera Artists Colony, and writes book reviews for the San Francisco Chronicle. Sherman Alexie, speaking of The Territory of Men, says"This book contains many more questions marks than exclamation points, and that makes it tender, funny, and true."

AURELIE SHEEHAN—Thursday, September 19
8 p.m., psychology auditorium
Aurelie Sheehan is the author of Jack Kerouac Is Pregnant: Stories, about which the New York Times Book Review said "Each paragraph is cinematic in its intensity, conveying angle by angle an uneasy tale of sexual liberties and repression." She has received many honors for her writing, including a Pushcart Prize, a Camargo Fellowship, and the Jack Kerouac Literary Award. Her prose and poetry have appeared in the American Voice, Confrontation, Fiction International, the Florida Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, the New Orleans Review, Shenandoah, and other magazines. Sheehan teaches fiction at the University of Arizona in Tucson, and she is currently working on a novel.

DEBRA GINSBERG ’85—Thursday, September 26
8 p.m., psychology auditorium

Debra Ginsberg was born in England and grew up in New York, California, and Oregon. She waited tables for 20 years to support her writing career and family, the result of which was her critically acclaimed first book, Waiting (HarperCollins, 2000), winner of San Diego Magazine's award for best nonfiction book of the year. She recently published her second book, Raising Blaze: Bringing Up an Extraordinary Son in an Ordinary World (HarperCollins, 2002). Publishers Weekly calls Raising Blaze "an extraordinary view of rearing and educating a child with special needs . . . an unusual and fascinating memoir." A 1985 graduate of Reed College, a regular contributor to the San Diego Union-Tribune books section, and commentator on NPR’s All Things Considered, she lives in San Diego with her son.

CATIE ROSEMURGY—Thursday, October 3
8 p.m., psychology auditorium

Catie Rosemurgy's book of poems, My Favorite Apocalypse, was published by Graywolf Press in 2001. Her poetry has appeared in such places as Ploughshares, Poetry Northwest, and Best American Poetry, and she received a 2001 Rona Jaffe Award for her work. She teaches creative writing at the College of New Jersey.

JOSEPH MILLAR—Thursday, October 10
8 p.m., psychology auditorium

Joseph Millar is the author of Overtime (Eastern Washington University Press, 2001). Winner of a Marin Arts Council grant, a Montalvo Center for the Arts Fellowship, and an Oregon Literary Arts grant, Millar has also taken prizes from the Writer's Union Competition, judged by Philip Levine, and the Jacaranda Award for Poetry, judged by Carolyn Forché. Recent poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, Shenandoah, TriQuarterly, Manoa, New Letters, Alaska Quarterly Review, and DoubleTake. His poems have also been featured on Poetry Daily. Formerly a telephone installation foreman, he now teaches at Mount Hood Community College and the Mountain Writers Center in Oregon.

PINCKNEY BENEDICT—Thursday, October 17
8 p.m., psychology auditorium

Pinckney Benedict, called "one of the most distinctive voices of his generation" by Joyce Carol Oates, grew up on his family’s farm in southern West Virginia. He has published two collections of short fiction, Town Smokes and The Wrecking Yard, and a novel, Dogs of God. His stories have appeared in, among other magazines and anthologies, Esquire, Zoetrope All-Story, the O. Henry Award series, the New Stories from the South series, Ontario Review, and the Oxford Book of American Short Stories. The recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, he currently serves as an associate professor in the English department at Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia.

DORIANNE LAUX—Thursday, November 14
8 p.m., psychology auditorium

Dorianne Laux is the author of three collections of poetry from BOA Editions: Awake (1990), introduced by Philip Levine; What We Carry (1994), finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; and Smoke (2000). She is also co-author, with Kim Addonizio, of the Poet’s Companion: A Guide to the Pleasures of Writing Poetry (W.W. Norton, 1997). Recent work has appeared in the Best American Poetry, the American Poetry Review, Shenandoah, Ploughshares, Barrow Street, and Five Points. Among her awards are a Pushcart Prize for poetry, two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Laux is an associate professor in the University of Oregon's program in creative writing.

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