2006 Writer's Festival(Click on image to view a full-size version of the poster, approx. 700K)

Festival Schedule of Events

Friday, February 17

8 PM.

Jo Ann Beard and David Kirby 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 18

1–3 PM.

Informal talks by Barbara Hamby, Scott Spencer, Jo Ann Beard and David Kirby. Research Room of the Smathers Library (Library East), University of Florida.

8 PM.

Barbara Hamby and Scott Spencer 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

Jo Ann Beard is the author of The Boys of My Youth and has received a Whiting Writers’ Award. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Story, and other magazines. She is a graduate of the Nonfiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa, and now lives in Tarrytown, New York.

Scott Spencer has written seven previous novels, including Endless Love, a National Book Award Finalist that has sold over 2 million copies. His most recent novel, A Ship Made of Paper, was also nominated for a National Book Award. Spencer has written for The New York Times, Esquire, The Nation, and Rolling Stone. He has taught fiction writing at Columbia University and the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He lives in upstate New York.

Barbara Hamby’s first full-length book, Delirium, won the Vassar Miller Prize, the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, and the Poetry Society of America’s Norma Farber First Book Prize. Her second book, The Alphabet of Desire, won the New York University Prize for Poetry and was chosen by the New York Public Library as one of the 25 best books of 1999. Her third book, Babel, was chosen by Stephen Dunn for the 2003 AWP/Donald Hall Prize. Her poems have appeared in Best American Poetry 2000, Pushcart Prizes 2001, The Paris Review, The Iowa Review, The Kenyon Review and many other magazines. She has won three fellowships from the Florida Arts Council and one from the National Endowment for the Arts.

David Kirby has received many honors for his work, including the Brittingham Prize in Poetry and citations in Best American Poetry 2000 and 2001, and Pushcart Prize 2005. He has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and Florida Arts Council. Kirby is the author or co-author of twenty-two books, including the poetry collections The Ha-Ha, The House of Blue Light, and The Traveling Library in addition to a collection of essays, What Is a Book? His verse has appeared in The Kenyon Review, Southern Review, and Ploughshares. A member of the National Book Critics Circle, Kirby also writes regularly for The New York Times Book Review, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and The San Francisco Chronicle.