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Festival Schedule of Events

Writers Festival 2008Friday, February 22

8 PM.

Eileen Pollack and C.K. Williams will read new and published works. Room 1A of Smathers Library East, University of Florida.

Saturday, February 23

1–3 PM.

Informal talks by Festival writers.

8 PM.

John Barth and Craig Raine will read new and published works and speak informally on their work. Room 1A of Smathers Library East, University of Florida.

All events are free and open to the public.

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

About the Festival Writers

John Barth is the author of numerous works of fiction, including The Sot-Weed Factor, The Tidewater Tales, Lost in the Funhouse, The Last Voyage of Somebody the Sailor, the National Book Award winner Chimera, The Book of Ten Nights and a Night, and Where 3 Roads Meet. A new collection, The Development, is forthcoming. Two of the stories in The Development originally appeared in the UF literary magazine Subtropics. Barth taught for many years in the writing program at Johns Hopkins University.

A 1978 graduate of Yale with a BS in physics, Eileen Pollack earned an MFA from the University of Iowa, where she was awarded a Teaching-Writing Fellowship. She is the author of a collection of short fiction, The Rabbi in the Attic And Other Stories, a novel, Paradise, New York, and a work of creative nonfiction, Woman Walking Ahead: In Search of Catherine Weldon and Sitting Bull. A new collection of stories and novellas, In the Mouth, is forthcoming from Four Way Books. Among the stories in the collection is “The Bris,” originally published in the UF literary magazine, Subtropics, and selected by Stephen King for the bestselling 2007 edition of The Best American Short Stories. Pollack has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Michener Foundation, the Rona Jaffe Foundation, and the Massachusetts Arts Council. Her stories have appeared in journals such as Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, Michigan Quarterly Review, Agni, and New England Review and have been awarded two Pushcart Prizes, the Cohen Award for best fiction of the year from Ploughshares, and similar awards from Literary Review and MQR. She lives in Ann Arbor and is the Zell Director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Michigan.

Poet and critic Craig Raine became poetry editor at the London publishers Faber and Faber in 1981 and a fellow of New College, Oxford, in 1991. He won a Cholmondeley Award in 1983 and the Sunday Times Writer of the Year Award in 1998. The founder and editor of the literary magazine Areté, he is the author of the poetry collections The Onion, Memory (1978), A Martian Sends a Postcard Home (1979), A Free Translation (1981), Rich (1984) and History: The Home Movie (1994), an epic poem that celebrates the history of his own family and that of his wife. Collected Poems 1978-1999 was published in 1999. A new long poem, A la recherche du temps perdu, and a collection of his reviews and essays, In Defence of T.S. Eliot, were both published in 2000. Raine’s latest book is T.S. Eliot: Image, Text and Context (2007).

C.K. Williams is the author of ten books of poetry, the most recent of which is Collected Poems (2006). The Singing won the National Book Award for 2003, while Repair was awarded the 2000 Pulitzer Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Award. Flesh and Blood received the National Book Critics Circle Award. Williams has also published a memoir, Misgivings: My Mother, My Father, Myself, and translations of Sophocles’ Women of Trachis, Euripides’ Bacchae, and the poems of Francis Ponge, among others. A book of essays, Poetry and Consciousness, appeared in 1998. Recently he was awarded the Twentieth Annual Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, an honor given to an American poet in recognition of extraordinary accomplishement. Among his other honors are awards in literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the PEN/Voelcker Career Achievement Award, and fellowships from the Lila Wallace Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment of the Arts. Williams was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2003, and teaches in the Writing Program at Princeton University.