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Festival Schedule of Events

Writers Festival 2009Thursday, November 12

7:30 PM.

Chris Tusa will read new and published work. Alachua County Public Library, 401 E. University Avenue, Gainesville.

Friday, November 13

8 PM.

Chris Bachelder and C.D. Wright will read new and published works. Room 1A of Smathers Library East, University of Florida.

Saturday, November 14

1–3 PM.

Chris Adrian, Chris Bachelder and C.D. Wright will talk informally about their work. Room 1A of Smathers Library East, University of Florida.

8 PM.

Chris Adrian will read new and published 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

Chris Adrian, writer and pediatrician, is the author of the novels Gob’s Grief and The Children’s Hospital and the story collection A Better Angel. He earned his BA at the University of Florida, his MFA at the University of Iowa, and his MD at Eastern Virginia Medical School. He also studied at Harvard Divinity School. His stories have appeared in The Paris Review, Zoetrope, Ploughshares, McSweeney’s, The New Yorker, Story, and the Best American Stories series. Adrian is the recipient of a 2009 John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship.

Chris Bachelder earned his BA at Virginia Tech and his MFA in fiction at the University of Florida. Along with the novels Bear v. Shark and U.S.! he is the author of the e-book Lessons in Virtual Photography and has published stories and essays in Harper’s, McSweeney’s, The Believer, The Oxford American, and other journals. He has taught at New Mexico State University and Colorado College and is now an assistant professor in the MFA Program for Poets and Writers at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Chris Tusa earned his MFA in poetry at the University of Florida. His debut poetry collection, Haunted Bones, was published in 2006. His novel Dirty Little Angels appeared in 2009. His work has appeared in such journals as Connecticut Review, Texas Review, Prairie Schooner, The New Delta Review, South Dakota Review, Southeast Review, Passages North, Spoon River, New York Quarterly, Louisiana Literature, Tar River, and StorySouth. He teaches in the English department at Louisiana State University and is the managing editor of Poetry Southeast.

C.D. Wright’s poetry collections include Rising, Falling, Hovering, Deepstep Come Shining, Tremble, Just Whistle, and String Light. Among many other honors and awards, she is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Witter Bynner Prize for Poetry from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Bunting Institute, and the Whiting Writers’ Award. She teaches at Brown University.