Visiting Writer's Series
Florida Southern College Visiting Writer's Series
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Please join us as Dr. Kirby reads from his work. Dr. Kirby has received numerous honors for his work, including fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, and his work appears frequently in the Best American Poetry and Pushcart Prize volumes. Kirby is the author of numerous books, including The House on Boulevard St.: New and Selected Poems, which was a finalist for the 2007 National Book Award in poetry. His Little Richard: The Birth of Rock 'n' Roll was named one of Booklist's Top 10 Black History Non-Fiction Books of 2010, and the Times Literary Supplement called it "a hymn of praise to the emancipatory power of nonsense." Kirby's latest poetry collection is Talking About Movies With Jesus. In addition to his poetic work, Kirby is also a renowned literary critic. Kirby’s critical reviews and essays frequently crop up in the Times, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Southern Review and the national literary magazine, Triquarterly. He also has written books of scholarly criticism on Mark Strand, Herman Melville, Henry James and Grace King.
Thursday, October 20th at 5:30 in Danforth Chapel
Dr. Erica Dawson
from the University of Tampa, will be reading from her recent book, Big-Eyed Afraid (Q&A to follow)
Press responses include:
“Erica Dawson is the most exciting younger poet I've seen in years. What drive and verve! Even in lines under tight control, she can sound reckless. Her dazzling wit informs poem after poem, making each seem like a stiff drink with a dash of bitters. Big-Eyed Afraid is a sensational debut. I can't recall finding this much energy between two covers since Ariel." – X. J. Kennedy
“Polished but unvarnished, exquisitely alive, the poems in Big-Eyed Afraid are utterly electrifying. Erica Dawson’s is a name to remember, and these are poems you won’t forget.” – Claire Messud
"Big-Eyed Afraid is a fast-paced, breathlessly witty and illuminating riff on the multiple effects of race, sex, biology and social pressure on who we are and how we see ourselves. Dawson’s dazzling rhymes, her perfect pitch for an array of idioms ranging from the smutty to the sacred, and her extraordinary combination of metrical control and jazz-like syntactical elaboration make her work feel at one and the same time chiseled and improvised, traditional and utterly distinct. Brilliantly alert to multiple influences yet irreducibly tied to this particular poet at this particular moment in our collective history, Big-Eyed Afraid is one of the most compelling and entertaining books of poetry I’ve read in I don’t know how long.” – Alan Shapiro
Thursday, March 31 at 5:30 pm
in Danforth Chapel
Sheehy's short stories have appeared in The Best American Mystery Stories 2008, Glimmer Train, The Kenyon Review, The Antioch Review, The New Orleans Review, Southwest Review and other journals. He teaches at Yeshiva University in New York City.
Wednesday, November 17 at 7pm
in Danforth Chapel
Friday, November 12 at 10:00 am
in Danforth Chapel
New York Times bestselling author Ted Bell
Brief talk and Q & A
Ted Bell worked for many years in advertising and is the author of the Alex Hawke thriller series, as well as a new series of young adult adventure novels featuring the time traveling Nick McIver.
Ted Bell was one of the leading talents in advertising, having won every award the industry offers, including numerous Clios and Cannes Gold Lions, and, as Worldwide Creative Director of Y&R, the Grand Prix at the prestigious Cannes Festival. A native Floridian, Bell graduated from Randolph-Macon College in Virginia and is a former member of the college's Board of Trustees. Bell began his advertising career at Doyle Dane Bernbach, New York, as a junior copywriter in the early seventies.
By age 25 he'd sold his first screenplay and become the youngest vice president in the storied history of the creative powerhouse, DDB. In 1982 he joined Leo Burnett Co., Chicago, as a creative director. He was named President, Chief Creative Officer just four years later, in 1986, at age 40. Credited with developing numerous innovative and award-winning advertising campaigns, Bell joined Young & Rubicam, London, in 1991 as Vice Chairman and Worldwide Creative Director. After 10 years at Y&R, Bell retired in 2001 to write full time.
Bell holds an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from Kendall College in Michigan. Ted is also a member of the Men's Board at General Washington's Home at Mt. Vernon, a group chaired by former Secretary of the Army, Togo West. He lives in Florida and Colorado.
October 27, 2010
All readings will begin at 4:00 at Danforth Chapel.
October 22, 2009
November 20, 2009
March 8 , 2010
April 19, 2010
For more information, please contact Dr. Erica