Monday, April 8, 7:30-9pm: Ed Roberson – Ed Roberson is the author of numerous books of poetry, including To See the Earth Before the End of the World, which was a runner up for the Los Angeles Times Poetry Award; The New Wing of the Labyrinth; City Eclogue; Atmosphere Conditions, which was chosen for the National Poetry Series and was a finalist for the Academy of American Poets’ Lenore Marshall Award; Just In: Word of Navigational Change: New and Selected Work; and Voices Cast Out to Talk Us In, which won the Iowa Poetry Prize. His most recent publication is the chapbook Closest Pronunciation. His earlier collections include Etai-Eken and When Thy King is a Boy. Roberson’s honors include the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize in 2016, the Lila Wallace Writers’ Award, the Poetry Society of America’s Shelley Award, and the 2016 PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry. His work has been included in Best American Poetry. Roberson has taught at the University of Chicago, Columbia College, and Northwestern University.
Tuesday, April 9, 7:30-9pm: Special Event with Susan Richards Shreve and Susan Tichy – On the eve of her retirement, Mason’s Creative Writing Program celebrates one of its longest-serving and most celebrated professors, Susan Tichy. Tichy’s most recent collection, The Avalanche Path in Summer, takes her “life-long experience of walking in mountains and stirs into it a mix of ideas about mountains from the European and Chinese traditions.” She is also the author of five additional collections of poetry, including A Smell of Burning Starts the Day; The Hands in Exile, which was selected for the National Poetry Series; Bone Pagoda; Gallowglass; and Trafficke. Tichy will be joined by J.K. Daniels, whose book Wedding Pulls was selected by C.D. Wright for the New Southern Voices Poetry Prize and published by Hub City Press. A Mason MA and MFA graduate, she serves as the College Dean of Languages and the Annandale Campus Dean of Languages, Arts, & Social Sciences for Northern Virginia Community College.
Wednesday, April 10, 7:30-9pm: Jane Brox – Jane Brox’s fifth book, Silence, was published in January 2019. Her book, Brilliant: The Evolution of Artificial Light, was named one of the top ten nonfiction books of 2010 by Time magazine. She is also the author of Clearing Land: Legacies of the American Farm; Five Thousand Days Like This One, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in nonfiction; and Here and Nowhere Else, which won the L.L. Winship/PEN New England Award. She has received the New England Book Award for nonfiction, and her essays have appeared in many anthologies including Best American Essays, The Norton Book of Nature Writing, and the Pushcart Prize Anthology. She has taught at Harvard University and Bowdoin College, and is currently on the faculty of Lesley University’s low-residency MFA Program.
Friday, April 12, 5-6:30pm: Jamel Brinkley – Jamel Brinkley is the author of A Lucky Man: Stories, a finalist for the National Book Award. His writing has appeared in The Best American Short Stories 2018, A Public Space, Ploughshares, Gulf Coast, The Threepenny Review, Glimmer Train, American Short Fiction, Tin House, and other places. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he was also the 2016-17 Carol Houck Smith Fiction Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. His work has received support from Kimbilio Fiction, the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference, the Tin House Summer Workshop, and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. He is currently a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Fiction at Stanford University.
The Creative Writing Program offers the Visiting Writers Series each semester. Mason Libraries is the new host this spring. All events will take place in Fenwick Library, Room 2001, and are free and open to the public.