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U.Va. English Department Literary Scholars And Creative Writers Will Present “Works In Progress” At Virginia Book Festival

February 24, 2003-- The University of Virginia English department will present a special public program featuring panels, talks and readings by several faculty members as part of the Virginia Festival of the Book on March 21 and 22. The event, “Works in Progress,” will bring together some of the department’s best-known fiction writers, poets and literary scholars for discussions of some of their current or most recent projects.

The program includes:

Friday, March 21
10 a.m. to noon, Jefferson Hall, West Range
“Violence and the Imagination” — a panel discussion with professors Stephen Cushman, Susan Fraiman and Scott Saul, all of whom have written recently on violence

2-4 p.m., Minor Hall
“Time, Space and Literature: The Rhythms of Story and the Homes of Inspiration” — a panel discussion with novelist Christopher Tilghman, poet Lisa Russ Spaar, and literary scholars Michael Levenson and Alison Booth

4-5 p.m., Minor Hall
A poetry reading by former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove and a presentation by professor Jahan Ramazani about his editing of the latest edition of “The Norton Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Poetry”

Saturday, March 22
Noon-2 p.m., Minor Hall
“Violence and the Imagination” – a reading by poets Gregory Orr and Debra Nystrom and prose writer Mark Edmundson

2-3 p.m., U.Va. Bookstore
A reading by novelist Ann Beattie and poet Charles Wright

Also as part of the Book Festival, the English department’s Creative Writing Program will present a special reading, “Three Generations of Writers,” at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, at the U.Va. Bookstore. Reading from current work will be novelist and Virginia Poet Laureate George Garrett, U.Va. professor emeritus; novelist Michael Knight, a former student of Garrett’s who teaches at the University of Tennessee; and Sean McConnell, a former student of Knight’s now enrolled in the U.Va. graduate Creative Writing Program.

Contact: Bob Brickhouse, (434) 924-6856

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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