CANCELED: Visiting Writers Series: Yiyun Li
September 28, 2017
UMass Amherst Campus
Due to a family emergency, the event has been canceled.
Yiyun Li is the author of four works of fiction, Kinder Than Solitude, The Vagrants, A Thousand Years of Good Prayers, and Gold Boy, Emerald Girl; a children’s book, The Story of Gilgamesh; and a memoir, Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in Your Life. She grew up in China, and came to the United States to pursue a science career in immunology before she became a writer. She is the recipient of many awards including the PEN/Hemingway Award, Guardian First Book Award, Sunday Times/EFG Short Story Award, Benjamin H. Danks Award from The American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a MacArthur Foundation fellowship. She was named by The New Yorker as one of the “20 under 40” fiction writers to watch. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, A Public Space, Granta, The Best American Short Stories, and The O. Henry Prize Stories, and elsewhere. Two of her stories, A Thousand Years of Good Prayers and Nebraska Princess, were made into films by Wayne Wang. She adapted the former one, which won the Golden Shell Award for Best Film at the 55th San Sebastian International Film Festival. She teaches creative writing at Princeton University.
The Series is sponsored by the MFA for Poets and Writers and the Juniper Initiative, and made possible by support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the University of Massachusetts Arts Council, and the English Department. Events take place at Memorial Hall at 8PM, unless otherwise noted, and are free and open to the public. Memorial Hall is wheel-chair accessible.