2005 Writers Festival(Click on image to view a full-size version of the poster, approx. 1.3 MB)

Festival Schedule of Events

Friday, February 11

8 PM.

Jim Shepard and Karen Shepard will read new and published works. Research Room of the Smathers Library (Library East), University of Florida.

10–11 PM.

Reception. Research Room of the Smathers Library (Library East), University of Florida. Music by Dwight Devane.

Saturday, February 12

1–3 PM.

Informal talks by Lucie Brock-Broido, Norman Rush, Jim Shepard, and Karen Shepard. Research Room of the Smathers Library (Library East), University of Florida.

8 PM.

Lucie Brock-Broido and Norman Rush will read new and published works. Research Room of the Smathers Library (Library East), University of Florida.

10–11 PM.

Reception. Research Room of the Smathers Library (Library East), University of Florida.

All events are free and open to the public.

The Festival is presented by MFA at Florida, the Creative Writing Program of the Department of English of the University of Florida. For further information please contact the program director, Padgett Powell, <powell@english.ufl.edu>, or visit the MFA at Florida WWW site, at <http://www.english.ufl.edu/crw/>

About the Festival Writers

Lucie Brock-Broido was born and raised in Pittsburgh. She received her BA and her MA from Johns Hopkins University, and her MFA from Columbia University. Her books of poetry include Trouble in Mind (Alfred A. Knopf, 2004), The Master Letters (1995), and A Hunger (1988). Her awards and honors include the Witter-Bynner prize of Poetry from the Academy of American Arts and Letters, the Harvard Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Award, the Harvard-Danforth Award for Distinction in Teaching, the Jerome J. Shestack Poetry Prize from American Poetry Review, two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, and a Guggenheim fellowship. Brock-Broido has taught at Bennington College, Princeton University, and at Harvard University as the director of the creative writing program and as Briggs-Copeland Poet. She is now the director of poetry in the Writing Division in the School of the Arts at Columbia University, and divides her time between New York City and Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Norman Rush was born and raised in the San Francisco area. During the Korean War, Rush served time in federal prison as a non-religious conscientious objector; he was nineteen at the time. After graduating from Swarthmore College in 1956, Rush worked as an antiquarian book dealer and college instructor, publishing his poetry and fiction in literary journals. From 1978 to 1983, Rush and his wife Elsa served in Botswana as the first country co-directors of the Peace Corps. Botswana serves as the setting for Rush’s three books, all published by Knopf: Whites (1986), a collection of short stories, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; Mating (1991), his first novel, which won the National Book Award for fiction and The Irish Times International Fiction Prize; and Mortals (2003), the final book in Rush’s Botswana trilogy. Rush’s stories have appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Grand Street, and The Best American Short Stories of 1971, 1984, and 1985, while his essays and reviews have been published in The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Book Review, The Nation and Grand Street. He is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship. Rush lives with his wife Elsa in Rockland County, New York.

Karen Shepard is a Chinese-American born and raised in New York City. She is the author of the novels An Empire of Women (2000) and The Bad Boy’s Wife (2004). Her short fiction has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Bomb, Southwest Review, Mississippi Review, and elsewhere. Her nonfiction has appeared in Self, USA Today, and The Columbia Companion to the 20th Century American Short Story. Her fiction has received Honorable Mention in the Best American series several times, and has been featured as part of NPR and Symphony Space’s Selected Shorts Series. The Bad Boy’s Wife will come out in paperback in July of 2005, and her third novel, What Have We Done, will be published by William Morrow in 2006. She teaches writing and literature at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, where she lives with her husband, novelist Jim Shepard, their three children, and their strange dog.

Jim Shepard is the author of six novels, including most recently Project X (2004) and two story collections, including most recently Love and Hydrogen (2004). He teaches at Williams College and in the Warren Wilson MFA program and lives in Williamstown with his wife, Karen; two sons; and tiny tiny daughter.