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May 7
Ira Sukrungruang's essays, poems, and stories have appeared in North American Review, Creative Nonfiction, The Sun, and numerous other literary journals and anthologies. He is the recipient a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Nonfiction Literature, an Arts and Letters Fellowship, and an Illinois Arts Council Award. He is the co-editor of two literary anthologies about the fat experience: What Are You Looking At? The First Fat Fiction Anthology (Harvest Books, 2003) and Scoot Over, Skinny: The Fat Nonfiction Anthology (Harvest Books, 2005). He is the author of the memoir Talk Thai: the Adventures of Buddhist Boy (University of Missouri 2010). He serves as the creative nonfiction editor of Sweet: a Literary Confection and teaches creative writing at University of South Florida. Visit his website at www.sukrungruang.com.

 

Rescheduled: May 14
Born in Boston in 1968, Lydia Millet moved to Toronto, Canada with her Egyptologist father and teacher/librarian mother two years later. She received a Master's in Environmental Policy at Duke University and moved to New York in 1996, where she worked as a fundraiser for the Natural Resources Defense Council. In 1999 she went freelance and moved to Tucson, where she now lives and writes full-time on an isolated spread in the desert. Her most recent work includes How the Dead Dream (Counterpoint, 2008) and Oh Pure and Radiant Heart (Harvest Books, 2005). She is also the author of Omnivores (Algonquin, 1996), George Bush, Dark Prince of Love (Scribner, 2000), My Happy Life (Henry Holt, 2002), a winner of the 2003 PEN-USA Award for Fiction, and Everyone's Pretty (Soft Skull Press, February 2005).

VISITING WRITERS 2009-2010

November 6
Susan Musgrave has been labelled everything from eco-feminist to anti-feminist, from stand-up comedian to poet of doom and gloom, from social and political commentator to wild sea-witch of Canada's northwest coast. She has published over twenty books of fiction, poetry, nonfiction and for children. Cargo of Orchids was a national bestseller (Knopf Canada, 2000) and Things That Keep and Do Not Change (McClelland & Stewart, 1999) was included on The Globe and Mail's Best 100 Books of the Year List, 1999, and was a finalist for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize, 2000.

 

February 5
John Rybicki's poems and stories have appeared in North American Review, Field, Bomb, Alaska Quarterly Review, The Quarterly, as well as in numerous anthologies. He currently teaches creative writing to inner-city children in Detroit, and serves as a guest lecturer at schools throughout the country. His first book of poems, Traveling at High Speeds (New Issues Poetry Press) appeared in 1996, and his latest collection, Yellow-Haired Girl with Spider (March Street Press), was published in 2002.

 

March 5
Molly Giles is a short story writer and professor at the University of Arkansas. She formerly taught at San Francisco State University. She is the author of Creek Walk and Other Stories published in 1998 and the novel Iron Shoes published in 2000. Her story collection Rough Translations won the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction. She also appears in Sudden Fiction (Continued) (60 New Short-Short Stories). Her short stories have been translated into Spanish.

 

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