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Fall 2004 Visiting Writers Series opens with poet A. Van Jordan on September 30

PORTLAND, OR (September 8, 2004) - Reed College's Fall 2004 Visiting Writers Series opens with a reading by the acclaimed writer A. Van Jordan, an assistant professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro whose poetry has appeared in Ploughshares, Callaloo, Georgia Review, Bum Rush the Page: Def Poetry Jam Anthology and Poetry Daily . Jordan will read from his work at 8 p.m. on Thursday, September 30, 2004 in Reed's psychology auditorium. The fall schedule also includes writers Chris Offutt, Jennifer Grotz, Ryan Harty, and Julie Orringer.

All readings are free and open to the public.

All readings will be held in the psychology auditorium, room 105 . Use the east parking lot off Southeast Woodstock Boulevard and follow the signage to the psychology building.

For more information, the public is asked to visit the Reed events website or call the Reed events line at 503/777-7755.

A. VAN JORDAN - 8 p.m., Thursday, September 30  
Psychology building auditorium, room 105
A. Van Jordan is the author of Rise , winner of the 2002 PEN/Oakland JosephineMiles Book Award, and M-A-C-N-O-L-I-A . His poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Callaloo, Georgia Review, Bum Rush the Page: Def Poetry Jam Anthology, and Poetry Daily, among other anthologies and journals. Born and raised in Akron, Ohio, Jordan has lived and taught in Washington, DC, in Harlem, New York, and throughout North Carolina. A graduate of the Cave Canem Workshop, A. Van Jordan currently serves as assistant professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and on the faculty of the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.

CHRIS OFFUTT- 8 p.m., Thursday, October 28
Psychology building auditorium, room 105
Chris Offutt's works are widely considered to be contemporary American classics.   He has, as The New Yorker says, "picked up where Daniel Boone left off" and chanced frontiers that few would dare.   Born in 1958, Offutt grew up in the Appalachian Mountains in Haldeman, Kentucky; he earned a degree in theatre from Moorehead State University and, ten years later, a M.A. in English from the University of Iowa.   He is the author of the story collections Kentucky Straight and Out of the Woods, the novel The Good Brother, and two memoirs, The Same River Twice and No Heroes. His work is widely translated and has received many honors including a Lannan Award, a Whiting Award, and a Guggenheim fellowship.

JENNIFER GROTZ - 8 p.m., Thursday, November 4  
Psychology building auditorium, room 105
Jennifer Grotz is the author of Cusp, winner of the 2002 Katharine Nason Bakeless Prize for Poetry and the Natalie Ornish Prize from the Texas Institute of Letters.   Her poems have recently appeared in the Kenyon Review, New England Review, Ploughshares, Tri-Quarterly, and The Best American Poetry anthology.   She is currently completing a book of translations of the French poet Patrice de La Tour du Pin and pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of Houston where, for the past three years, she has served as the administrative director of the Krakow Poetry Seminar, an international gathering to discuss the cross-pollination of American and Polish poetries.

RYAN HARTY and JULIE ORRINGER - 8 p.m., Thursday, November 11  
Psychology building auditorium, room 105
A graduate of UC Berkeley and the Iowa Writers Workshop, Ryan Harty grew up in Arizona and Northern California.   His stories have appeared in Tin House, The Missouri Review, Playboy, and other magazines, and have been anthologized in The 2003 Pushcart Prize and The Best American Short Stories 2003.   He is a former Stegner Fellow and Jones Lecturer at Stanford University and the recipient of the Henfield-Transatlantic Review Award.   His collection, Bring Me Your Saddest Arizona, won the 2004 John Simmons Short Fiction Award.   He lives in San Francisco.

Julie Orringer is the author of How to Breathe Underwater , a collection of short stories. She is a graduate of Cornell University and the Iowa Writers Workshop, and she was a Truman Capote Fellow in the Stegner Program at Stanford.   Her stories have appeared in The Paris Review, McSweeney' s, Ploughshares, Zoetrope: All-Story, The Pushcart Prize Antholog, The Best New American Voices, and The Best American Non-Required Reading.   She is working on a novel set in Budapest and Paris in the late 1930s.


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