9:30 – Check-in and refreshments, 2nd floor lobby
10:30 – reading by Karen Osborn
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 Rebecca Dunham
3:15 – reading by Francine Prose
4:15 – reception, 2nd floor lobby
Rebecca Dunham's poetry collections include "The Miniature Room," which won the 2006 T.S. Eliot Prize, and "The Flight Cage," which was a Tupelo Press Open Reading selection. A chapbook of poems, "Fascicle," was published in 2012. Other awards and honors include a 2007 NEA Fellowship, the 2005-06 Jay C. and Ruth Halls Fellowship in Poetry at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, the 2011 Terrain.org Poetry Prize, and the 2005 Indiana Review Prize for Poetry. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in "Prairie Schooner," "AGNI," "The Journal," "FIELD," "The Antioch Review," "The Iowa Review," "Kenyon Review," "Crab Orchard Review," "Third Coast," "Crazyhorse," and "Colorado Review." An associate professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Dunham earned her B.A. from the University of Virginia, an M.A. from Hollins University (Class of 1996), an M.F.A. in poetry from George Mason University, and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Missouri.
The Louis D. Rubin, Jr. Writer-in-Residence for 2013, Hollins alumna Karen Osborn '79 is the author of four novels: "Patchwork," which received a Notable Book Award from "The New York Times;" "Between Earth and Sky," which was praised for the "luminous" way it evoked the landscape and for presenting an accurate vision of the female pioneer experience; and "The River Road," whose use of different perspectives earned a comparison to the film "Rashomon" from Kirkus Reviews. Her newest novel, "Centerville," was published in October 2012. Widely reviewed in publications such as "The New York Times," "USA Today," "Washington Post," and "Atlanta Journal Constitution," she has been described as a writer of "tremendous, quiet power." Her poetry and stories have appeared in journals nationwide, including "The Southern Review," "Kansas Quarterly," "Clapboard House," "Poet Lore," "Wisconsin Review," "New England Watershed," and "The Centennial Review." Her grants and awards include fellowships from the Kentucky Arts Council and the Kentucky Foundation for Women.
Francine Prose is the author of numerous novels, including "My New American Life;" "Goldengrove;" "A Changed Man," winner of the first Dayton Literary Peace Prize in fiction; and "Blue Angel," which was a finalist for the 2000 National Book Award. Her nonfiction works include "Anne Frank: The Book, The Life, The Afterlife" and "Reading Like A Writer," a "New York Times" bestseller. She is also the author of two story collections and a collection of novellas. In 2010, she received the Washington University International Humanities Medal, which honors the lifetime work of a noted scholar, writer, or artist who has made a significant and sustained contribution to the world of letters or the arts. She has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a 1989 Fulbright fellowship to the former Yugoslavia, two NEA grants, and a PEN translation prize.
Funding for the Literary Festival is 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.
For more information: http://www.hollins.edu/events/literary_festival/