NC State Literary Readings Spring 2017
RICHARD GARCIA, Poetry
February 22, 7:30 PM Caldwell Hall Lounge, Caldwell Hall (map)
Richard Garcia was born in San Francisco in 1941 and began writing in his teens. After publishing his chapbook Selected Poems in 1972, he stopped writing for a number of years until an encouraging letter from Octavio Paz convinced him to return to writing. He earned an MFA degree in creative writing from Warren Wilson College Writers' Program in 1994, during which time his first collection, The Flying Garcias, was published by University of Pittsburgh. His third volume of poetry with BOA Editions, The Chair, was released in 2014; The Other Odyssey won the 2012 American Poetry Journal Book Prize, and his most recent book, Porridge, won the Press 53 Prize.
Richard’s work has appeared in Ploughshares, The Georgia Review, and the Colorado Review, and among his distinctions are the Pushcart Prize, Best American Poetry, the Georgia Poetry Circuit, and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Richard teaches creative writing in the Antioch University Los Angeles MFA program.
JOHN KESSEL, Fiction
March 29, 7:30 PM Caldwell Hall Lounge, Caldwell Hall (map)
John Kessel is the author of the forthcoming novel The Moon and the Other. His other novels are Good News from Outer Space and Corrupting Dr. Nice and in collaboration with James Patrick Kelly, Freedom Beach. His short story collections are Meeting in Infinity, The Pure Product, The Baum Plan for Financial Independence and Other Stories and The Collected Kessel. His fiction has twice received the Nebula Award, in addition to the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award, the Locus Award, and the James Tiptree Jr. Award. His play “Faustfeathers” won the Paul Green Playwright's Prize, and his story “A Clean Escape'” was adapted as an episode of the 2006 ABC TV series Masters of Science Fiction. In 2009 his story “Pride and Prometheus” received both the Nebula and the Shirley Jackson Awards.
Kessel has taught American literature and fiction writing at North Carolina State University since 1982, helped found the NCSU MFA program in creative writing, and served twice as its director. He lives with his wife, the novelist Therese Anne Fowler, in Raleigh.SHARON OLDS, Poetry
Reading and the 2017 NC State Poetry Contest Awards
April 13, 7:30 PM Titmus Theatre, Thompson Hall (map)
Sharon Olds’ first collection of poems, Satan Says, received the inaugural San Francisco Poetry Center Award. Olds’s following collection, The Dead & the Living, received the Lamont Poetry Selection in 1983 and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her other collections include Stag’s Leap, recipient of the Pulitzer Prize and the T. S. Eliot Prize; One Secret Thing; Strike Sparks: Selected Poems; The Unswept Room; and The Father; which was shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. She won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 2013.
Olds held the position of New York state poet laureate from 1998 to 2000 and served as a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets from 2006 to 2012. She currently teaches poetry workshops at New York University’s Graduate Creative Writing Program as well as a workshop at Goldwater Hospital on Roosevelt Island in New York City.
2017 NC STATE MFA GRADUATE READING
April 19, 6:00 PM Titmus Theatre, Thompson Hall (map)
2017 Graduates of North Carolina State University’s MFA in Creative Writing program read from their work.