NC State Literary Readings 2013-2014
September 12 – Mark Doty (poetry), 7:30PM Caldwell Hall Lounge, Caldwell Hall
The author of eight books of poetry and three memoirs, Mark Doty is the only American poet to have won Great Britain's T. S. Eliot Prize. His first collection, Turtle, Swan, appeared in 1987. My Alexandria (1993) received both the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Since then he has published Atlantis (1995); Sweet Machine (1998); Source (2001); and the critically acclaimed volume of poems, School of the Arts (HarperCollins, 2005). Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems was published in 2008 and won the National Book Award for that year. Doty has also received two NEA fellowships, Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundation Fellowships, a Lila Wallace/Readers Digest Award, and the Witter Byner Prize. His three memoirs are the bestselling Dog Years (HarperCollins, 2007), Firebird (1999), and Heaven's Coast (1997). In 2011, Doty was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. Doty teaches at Rutgers University and is a frequent guest at Columbia University, Hunter College, and NYU.
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October 16 – Jill McCorkle and Wilton Barnhardt (fiction) 7:30PM Titmus Theater in Thompson Hall
Both MFA faculty members published novels in 2013 (Life After Life from McCorkle, Lookaway, Lookaway from Barnhardt); tonight they both read from their works--and each other's. A unique one-time presentation.
November 20 – Rebecca Lee (2013 NC State Fiction Contest Judge), 7:30PM Caldwell Hall Lounge, Caldwell Hall
Rebecca Lee's much-lauded collection of short stories, Bobcat, was met with universal acclaim. The New York Times wrote that "these [seven] tales demonstrate Lee’s prodigious talent for creating not just great lines but intricately structured, impressively plotted worlds." She will read from her latest collection, as well as judge the 2013 NC State Fiction Contest.
April 10 – Li-Young Lee (2014 NC State Poetry Contest Judge), 7:30PM Caldwell Hall Lounge, Caldwell Hall
Li-Young Lee is the author of four critically acclaimed books of poetry, his most recent being Behind My Eyes (W.W. Norton, 2008). His earlier collections are Book of My Nights (BOA Editions, 2001); Rose (BOA, 1986), winner of the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Award from New York University; The City in Which I Love You (BOA, 1991), the 1990 Lamont Poetry Selection; and a memoir entitled The Winged Seed: A Remembrance (Simon and Schuster, 1995), which received an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation and will be reissued by BOA Editions in 2012. Lee's honors include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Lannan Foundation, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, as well as grants from the Illinois Arts Council, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. In 1988 he received the Writer's Award from the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation. Lee’s great grandfather was China's first republican President; and his father, a deeply religious Christian, was physician to Communist leader Mao Tse-Tung. After the establishment of the People's Republic of China in 1949, Lee's parents escaped to Indonesia, where Lee was born in 1957. In 1959, his father, after spending a year as a political prisoner in President Sukarno's jails, fled Indonesia with his family to escape anti-Chinese sentiment. After a five-year trek through Hong Kong, Macau, and Japan, they settled in the United States in 1964.