9:30 – Check-in and refreshments, 2nd floor lobby
10:30 – reading by Ricardo Pau-Llosa
11:30 – poetry panel discussing student-submitted work
12:45 – Luncheon, Moody Dining Hall (pay at the door)
2 – reading by Meghan Daum
3:15 – reading by Tom Drury
4 – reception, 2nd floor lobby
Meghan Daum is the author of four books, most recently the collection of original essays<em> The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion</em>. She is also the editor of <em>Selfish, Shallow, & Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers on the Decision Not to Have Kids</em>. Her other books include the essay collection <em>My Misspent Youth</em>, the novel<em> The Quality of Life Report</em>, and the memoir<em> Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived In That House</em>. Since 2005, she has been an opinion columnist at the <em>Los Angeles Times</em>, covering cultural and political topics. Daum has written for numerous magazines, including <em>The New Yorker</em>, <em>Harper’s</em>, and <em>Vogue</em>. She is currently an adjunct associate professor in the M.F.A. writing program at Columbia University's School of the Arts.
Tom Drury has published five novels with Grove Press and written short stories for <em>McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern</em>, <em>A Public Space</em>, <em>The New Yorker</em>, and more. His book <em>Pacific </em>made the National Book Awards Longlist and was a <em>New York Times</em> Editors’ Choice; <em>The Driftless Area</em> was a <em>Chicago Tribune</em> Best Book; and <em>The End of Vandalism</em> was named one of <em>GQ’s</em> Best Books of the Last 45 Years. His novels have been translated into German, French, and Spanish. This year, Drury received a Berlin Prize Fellowship, and he currently resides at the American Academy in Berlin.
Ricardo Pau-Llosa’s first book of poetry, <em>Sorting Metaphors</em> (1983), won the first national Anhinga Prize. A second collection of poetry, <em>Bread of the Imagined</em>, was published in 1992. <em>Cuba</em> (1993), his third book of poems, was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. His latest collections are <em>Mastery Impulse</em> (2003) and <em>Parable Hunter</em> (2008). In addition to poetry, Pau-Llosa writes short fiction, and he is also an accomplished art critic and curator. His writing has appeared in such distinguished literary journals as <em>American Poetry Review</em>, <em>Carolina Quarterly</em>, <em>Kenyon Review</em>, <em>Ploughshares</em>, <em>The Hollins Critic</em>, and <em>Virginia Quarterly Review</em>, and many others.
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.