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THE ODU COURIER, FRIDAY, SEPT. 26, PAGE 3
Ninth annual Literary Festival opens Oct. 6

 

MAXINE
HONG
KINGSTON

Maxine Hong Kington won the highly coveted National Book Critic Circle Award for her first book, "The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts."

Of her work Publisher's Weekly has said, "Immersed in the myths, legends and superstitions of her ancestors, Kingston has a magical facility for conveying an exotic culture and its people in precise, stunning detail. Seldom are we able to step with such ease into a culture so different from ours, and to emerge with a sympathetic understanding, tinged with awe and respect for the mysterious power of an ancient civilization."

A Book of the Month Club main selection, Kingston's second book, "China Men," was excerpted in The New Yorker, Redbook, and The American Poetry Review.

Kingston will open the Literary Festival with her reading: at 8 p.m. Monday, Oct 6., in the Batten Arts and Letters auditorium. She will speak on non-fiction writing at 12:30 pm. Tuesday, Oct. 7, in the Hampton/Newport News rooms of Webb Center.

 

ED
OCHESTER

Ed Ochester is the author of eight published collections of poetry, most recent of which are "Weehawken Ferry" (Juniper Press, 1985) and "Changing the Name to Ochester" (forthcoming from Carnegie Mellon).

Ochester is the recipient of fellowships in poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. In 1973 he received the Devins Award for poetry. He edits the University of Pittsburgh Press Poetry Series, and since its inception has served as coordinator of the Drue Heinz Literature Prize for short fiction.

Ochester will speak on small vs. large press editing at 11 am. Wednesday, Oct. 8, in the Hampton/Newport News rooms of Webb Center. He will read with Ellen Bryant Voigt at 12:30 p.m. immediately following.

 

JONATHAN
HOLDEN

Jonathan Holden's first poetry collection, "Design for a House," won the 1972 Devins Award. Another poetry collection, "Leverage," won the AWP Award Series for Poetry in 1982.

He is currently an associate professor of English at Kansas State University where he teaches creative writing and modern poetry. In addition to poetry, Holden has published a critical study of William Stafford, a book of critical essays, "Rhetoric of the Contemporary Lyric," and has a book forthcoming on the poetry of Richard Hugo. His most recent book of poems is "The Name of the Rapids."

Holden will read at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, in the Hampton/Newport News rooms of Webb Center.

Well-known writers to speak

Eight nationally known poets, playwrights and writers will grace Old Dominion University's ninth annual Literary Festival Oct. 6-9. The artists will lecture about their craft, give readings from selected works and hold open discussions. Al! events during the festival are free and open to the public.

The ninth annual festival is sponsored by the English department in conjunction with the university's Center for the Arts, It is supported by the Virginia Commission on the Arts, the city of Norfolk and the Norfolk Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and the Associated Writing Programs.

For more information about the festival call the English department at 440-3991.

 

EDNA
O'BRIEN

Edna O'Brien's first novel, "The Country Girls," published in 1960, received the Kingsley Amis Award and was released as a feature film. Her next two novels were centered on the samecharacters. Since the trilogy, O'Brien has published six more novels, four collections of stories, a book of non-fiction on her native Ireland and several plays and screenplays.

Her play, "Virginia," starring Kate Nelligan, was produced by Joseph Papp in New York. "Flesh and Blood" is slated to open this year in Toronto. In 1984, Farrar, Straus and Giroux published "A Fanatic Heart: The Selected Stories of Edna O'Brien."

Writing on the recently released omnibus edition of O'Brien's first three novels ("The Country Girls Trilogy and Epilogue"), Village Voice critic Terrence Rafferty said, "The raptures here are in the rhythm of the prose, its seductive alternation of curses and explosive comedy and lyrical grief. Ireland may be a mother, but to get all the way back to it Edna O'Brien has to be a bit of the father as well: she knows that when life is at its frequent worst, there's nothing for it but getting drunk on words, rocking back and forth and singing all the songs you know."

Edna O'Brien will read at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, in the Batten Arts and Letters auditorium. She will speak on Irish fiction at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, in the Hampton/ Newport News rooms of Webb Center.

 

ROBERT
BLY

Robert Bly has published eight books of poems, five volumes of translations, and three books of criticism/ anthology. His poetry has won him the highest critical praise-a National Book Award-for "The Light Around the Body."

His new thinking on central issues in American Culture has won him another audience far beyond the poetry world. He is now at work on a book called "Waking from Newton's Sleep: Essays on Literary Imagination" and "The Wild Man and Other Stories for Men," a psychological interpretation of fairytales as they relate to masculine development. His most recent book of poems, "Loving a Woman in Two Worlds," was published by Dial Press/Doubleday.

Bly will read at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8., in the Godwin Building auditorium. He will speak on the connections between poetry and mythology in a talk titled "Poetry As A Dance Floor" at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, in the Hampton/ Newport News rooms of Webb Center.

 

LINDA
PASTAN

The San Francisco Review of Books has written that, "In Linda Pastan's world a poem is not just anything; it is more than some inspired words strung together casually. She reminds us of the origin of the word poet: 'maker.' People who read books on the latest political, economic, sociological and psychological concerns should put Pastan on their lists. In her work there is a return to the role of poet as it served the human race for centuries: to fuel our thinking, show us our world in new ways, and to get us to feel more intensely."

Linda Pastan has received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as the Dylan Thomas Poetry Award and the di Castagnola Award. Her book, "AM/PM New and Selected Poems," was a nominee for the American Book Award in 1982.

She will give a reading at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, in theo Hampton/Newport News rooms of Webb Center.

 

ELLEN
BRYANT
VOIGHT

Recipient of a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship and of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Vermont Arts Council. Ellen Bryant Voigt has had poems appear in The New Yorker. The Atlantic Monthly, and The Georgia Review. Her most recent book of poems, "The Forces of Plenty," was published by Norton Press.

Voigt will read with Ed Ochester at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, in the Hampton Newport Newsrooms of Webb Center.

 

NTOZAKE
SHANGE

Of Shange's most recent novel, "Betsy Brown," writer lsmael Reed has said, "No contemporary writer has Ms. Shange's uncanny gift for immersing herself within the situations of so many different types of women. No wonder she has achieved almost oracular status among her female readers. She is a writer of many masks. She can serenade you and she can cut you; she can chirp as well as growl; she can delight as well as antagonize. With 'Betsy Brown' the masks come off."

Ntozake Shange has published several books of poetry, plays, and fiction. She has won two Obie Awards(for "for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf" and "Mother Courage") and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for her collection, "Three Pieces." Shange is currently at work on a book documenting five generations of post-Katherine Dunhan Afro-American choreography to be titled "Dance We Do."

Shange will speak on playwriting at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, in the Hampton/Newport News rooms of Webb Center. She will read that night at 8 p.m. in the Godwin Building auditorium. Her appearance is sponsored by the Activities Programming Board.