Visiting Writer Series: Rion Amilcar Scott

The Creative Writing Program’s popular Visiting Writer Series will be hosted once again by the Mason Libraries this year. All events will take place in Fenwick Library, Room 2001, and are free and open to the public.

For the first visiting writer of the fall series, the Creative Writing Program welcomes short story master Rion Amilcar Scott, MFA ’08, with a public reading on Thursday, September 19, at 7:30 p.m. Scott’s latest collection, The World Doesn’t Require You, was released in August and earned starred reviews from both Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews, with the latter saying, “Mordantly bizarre and trenchantly observant, these stories stake out fresh territory in the nation’s literary landscape.” Scott’s debut collection, Insurrections, won the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction and the Hillsdale Award from the Fellowship of Southern Writers.

The Visiting Writer Series welcomes six writers each semester—two each in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Participating writers meet with MFA students in small afternoon workshops and then present an evening reading, open to the general public. The rest of the fall schedule includes:

  • Journalist, novelist, and now memoirist Bella Pollen, author most recently of Meet Me in the In-Between, an illustrated memoir, Thursday, October 10, 6 p.m.
  • Poet Cole Swensen, author of 17 collections of poetry, most recently On Walking On, Thursday, October 10, 7:30 p.m.
  • Novelist R.O. Kwon, author of The Incendiaries, which was named a best book of the year by over forty publications, Friday, October 11, 5:30 p.m.
  • Poet and translator Rosa Alcalá, whose most recent publications include the collection MyOTHER TONGUE and the translation Cecilia Vicuña: New & Selected Poems, Thursday, November 7, 7:30 p.m.
  • Essayist Andre Perry, author of the collection Some of Us Are Very Hungry Now, forthcoming in November 2019, Thursday, November 21, 7:30 p.m.

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Katrin B. Anacker Named 2019-20 Fenwick Fellow

Dean of Libraries and University Librarian John G. Zenelis is pleased to announce the selection of Katrin B. Anacker, Associate Professor at Mason’s Schar School of Policy and Government, as the 2019-20 Fenwick Fellow.

Professor Anacker’s research proposal, Opening up the Suburbs: The Case of Reston, Virginia, received the enthusiastic recommendation of the members of the Fenwick Fellow Selection Committee. The project, utilizing a case study approach to examine Reston over the past five decades, will draw on three strands of suburban literature – planned communities, race and real estate, and social justice – and explore the questions: How and why did Robert E. Simon open up Reston? What challenges did he face in doing so and how did he overcome them?

Professor Anacker will undertake archival research at Mason Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center and the City of Fairfax Regional Library’s Virginia Room, as well as conduct interviews with planners, administrators, community activists, and historians.

Zenelis commented, “I am delighted to support the committee’s endorsement of Professor Anacker’s study. In an age of digital exploration, the use of archival and primary sources in substantive, groundbreaking research cannot be ignored or understated. We look forward to having Professor Anacker here in our Special Collections Research Center and seeing what she uncovers.”

Professor Anacker will present the results of her work in spring 2021 at the annual Fenwick Fellow Lecture hosted by the University Libraries.

ABOUT THE FENWICK FELLOWSHIP: The Fenwick Fellowship is awarded annually to one or two Mason tenured, tenure-track, or multi-year appointment term faculty members to pursue a research project that uses and enhances the University Libraries’ resources while advancing knowledge in their fields. The winning proposals are recommended to the Dean of Libraries and University Librarian by a six-member selection committee including three instructional faculty members and three librarians, with one of the Associate University Librarians serving as administrative coordinator. The recipients are provided with a fully equipped and furnished research office in Fenwick Library and an award of $5,000 to support the recipient’s research project. The terms for this year’s Fellow begins on August 26, 2019 and will end on August 7, 2020.