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VISITING WRITERS SERIES

Spring 2012 Schedule

  January 26 — Sabina Murray
  Feburary 16 — Kate Bernheimer
  March 29 — Sunetra Gupta & Brenda Coultas
For nearly fifty years, the Visiting Writers Series has brought outstanding renowned and emerging poets and writers to the university campus for public readings of new work. All readings are on Thursdays at 8 p.m. in Memorial Hall except where noted. All are free and open to the public. Information about past readers can be found at the Visiting Writers Series website: http://www.umass.edu/english/MFA_VWS_Fall2011.htm

The Visting Writers Series is sponsored by the MFA Program for Poets and Writers and the Juniper Initiative, and made possible by support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the University of Massachusetts Arts Council, the Vice Provost of Research & Engagement, the College of Humanities & Fine Arts, and the English Department.
Sabina Murray grew up in Australia and the Philippines. She is the author of the novels Forgery, A Carnivore’s Inquiry, and Slow Burn, and the short story collections The Caprices and, most recently, Tales of the New World. Her honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a PEN/Faulkner award, and an NEA Fellowship. She is a regular contributor at The Nervous Breakdown, and teaches in the MFA Program for Poets & Writers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Kate Bernheimer is the author of eight books of prose, most recently Horse, Flower, Bird. She has edited three fairy-tale anthologies, including My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: Forty New Fairy Tales. Her first children's book, The Girl in The Castle inside The Museum, was named one of Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of 2008. Founder and editor of Fairy Tale Review, she is an Associate Professor and Writer in Residence at University of Louisiana in Lafayette.
Brenda Coultas is the author of The Marvelous Bones of Time and A Handmade Museum, which won the Norma Farber Award from The Poetry Society of America and a Greenwall Fund grant from the Academy of American Poets. She has received a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship and a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council residency, and recently served as visiting poet at Long Island University in Brooklyn New York.
Sunetra Gupta’s fifth novel, So Good in Black, was published in 2009. She is a winner of the Royal Society Rosalind Franklin Award for her scientific achievements and is Professor of Theoretical Epidemiology at Oxford University's Department of Zoology. Born in Calcutta, she wrote her first works of fiction in Bengali and is an accomplished translator of the poetry of Rabindranath Tagore.
Visting Writers Series Fall 2011