Last Year's Visiting Writers
Alice Friman: Georgia College Poet-in-Residence
Alice Friman is the author of eight collections of poetry, most recently The Book of the Rotten Daughter and Zoo, winner of the Ezra Pound Poetry Award from Truman State University and the Sheila Margaret Motton Prize from the New England Poetry Club. She will read from her new book of poems, Vinculum (LSU Press, 2011).
GCSU Creative Writing and Theatre Scriptwriting students perform a reader's theatre of the playwright's work, followed by a discussion with the author, performers, and professor David Muschell.
Neela Vaswani is author of the short story collection Where the Long Grass Bends and a memoir, You Have Given Me a Country. She is the recipient of the American Book Award, an O. Henry Prize, the ForeWord Book of the Year gold medal, and many other honors.
David Rocklin is the author of The Luminist, which has been published in the United States, Italy and Israel. He grew up in Chicago and lives in California with his wife and children. He is currently at work on a new novel.
Juliet Patterson, winner of 2011 Arts & Letters/Susan Atefat Prize in Creative Nonfiction, receives her $1,000 prize and reads her prize-winning work.
Rochelle Hurt, winner of the 2011 Arts & Letters/Rumi Prize for Poetry, receives her $1,000 prize and reads her prize-winning poem.
Winner of the Arts & Letters 2011 Prize for Drama
Dwight Holing, winner of the 2011 Arts & Letters Prize for Fiction, receives his $1,000 prize and reads his prize-winning story.
Albert Goldbarth is known for his prolific production, his gregarious tone, his eclectic interests and his distinctive "talky" style. He has been a Guggenheim fellow and won the National Book Critics Circle award in 1991 and 2001, the only poet to receive the honor two times (for Saving Lives and Heaven and Earth: A Cosmology).