9:30 – Check-in and refreshments, Second floor lobby
10:30 – reading by Rebecca McClanahan
11:30 – poetry panel discussing student-submitted work
12:45 – luncheon, Moody Dining Hall (pay at the door)
1:15 – roundtable session for high school writers with Hollins English and creative writing students, Mary Rowland Lounge, Moody Center, third floor
2:00 – reading by Charles Baxter
3:15 – reading by LuAnn Keener-Mikenas
4:15 – reception, Second floor lobby
Charles Baxter is the author of five novels, five collections of short stories, three collections of poems, and two collections of essays on fiction. His 2000 novel, <em>The Feast of Love</em>, was a National Book Award finalist. His most recent work, <em>Gryphon: New and Selected Stories</em>, represents a 30-year span of his work. <em>The St. Louis Post-Dispatch</em> described the collection as, “Remarkable. The early stories are terrific, and the new stories are terrific. Rarely, but as demonstrated in this collection, we’re struck by the realization that the writer has always been this good.” The<em> San Francisco Chronicle</em> said Baxter is simply, “One of our best storytellers.” He teaches at the University of Minnesota and in the M.F.A. program for writers at Warren Wilson College.
LuAnn Keener-Mikenas won the 2013 Library of Virginia Poetry Award for <em>Homeland</em>. Her first collection, Color Documentary, won in manuscript a 1990 Virginia Prize. Her work has appeared in journals such as<em> Poetry</em>, <em>Shenandoah</em>, <em>Quarterly West</em>, <em>Chelsea</em>,<em> New Orleans Review,</em> and <em>Louisiana Literature,</em> as well as in the anthologies <em>Entering the Real World</em>, <em>Southern Poetry Review,</em> <em>A Fierce Brightness: Twenty-five Years of Women’s Poetry</em>, and <em>Buck and Wing.</em> Other honors include the Writers at Work Prize for Poetry from <em>Quarterly West</em>, Chelsea’s First Place Award for Poetry, and the Mary Roberts Rinehart Award for Poetry.
Rebecca McClanahan is the 2015 Louis D. Rubin, Jr. Writer-in-Residence at Hollins. Her tenth book, <em>The Tribal Knot,</em> a multi-generational memoir, was published in 2013. In addition to five books of poetry, she has written <em>The Riddle Song and Other Rememberings</em>, a suite of essays that won the Glasgow prize in nonfiction. Her three books of writing instruction include <em>Word Painting: A Guide to Writing More Descriptively</em>, which is used as a text in numerous writing programs. McClanahan’s work has appeared in <em>The Best American Poetry</em>, <em>The Best American Essays</em>, <em>The Pushcart Prize</em>, <em>Kenyon Review</em>, <em>Georgia Review</em>, and <em>Gettysburg Review</em>, and in anthologies published by numerous major publishers. For 15 years she was poet-in-residence for Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools in North Carolina, where she received the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Education.
Funding provided by the John Alexander and Mary Josephine Haynes Allen Literary Endowment, the Dee Hull Everist Visiting Speaker Series, and the Louis D. Rubin, Jr. Writer-in-Residence Fund.