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< September 2006 >

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MaryJoBang MongLan
“Jubilat/Jones Reading Series”   Poets Mary Jo Bang & Mong-Lan will read at the Jones Library.   Mary Jo Bang is the author of four books of poems The Eye Like a Strange Balloon, The Downstream Extremity of the Isle of the Swans, Louise In Love, & Apology for Want.   The recipient of numerous awards, including the Bread Loaf Bakeless Prize, a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation, a Discovery/The Nation Award, & a Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University, Bang is a poetry editor for Boston Review.   Born in Vietnam, poet, writer, painter, photographer, & avid Argentine tango dancer, Mong-Lan left her native country on the last day of evacuation of Saigon in 1975.   Her first book of poems, Song of the Cicadas won the Juniper prize, the Great Lakes Colleges Association's New Writers Awards for Poetry, & was a finalist for the Poetry Society of America's Norma Farber First Book Award.   Her second book of poems is Why is the Edge Always Windy?   Her poetry has been anthologized in Best American Poetry, The Pushcart Prize Anthology, The Pushcart Book of Poetry: Best Poems from 30 Years of the Pushcart Prize, and has appeared in leading American literary journals.
Poet Dara Wier will read from her new collection of poetry, Remnants of Hannah in Memorial Hall at the University of Massachusetts.   Wier is author of many volumes of poetry, including Reverse Rapture, Hat on a Pond, Voyages in English, & Our Master Plan.   She teaches in the M.F.A. Program at the University of Massachusetts.   The Wikipedia article bluntly states: “Reading Dara Wier is an experience dissimilar to reading other poets.”   (Read more on our Local Authors page!)
Wave Books Poetry Bus Tour!   Poetry reading in Memorial Hall at the University of Massachusetts.   Readers include James Tate, Joshua Beckman, James Haug, Caroline Knox, Polina Barskova, Noelle Kocot, Mary Jo Bang, Monica Youn, & Lori Shine.   More details!
Join us in celebrating the publication of a new book by Peggy O’Brien, Writing Lough Derg: From William Carleton to Seamus Heaney.   O’Brien, who teaches English at the University of Massachusetts, is author of a volume of poetry, Sudden Thaw & is editor of a collection of poetry, The Wake Forest Book of Irish Women’s Poetry 1967-2000 .   The new book is a “sustained & beautifully written study of the troubled relationship between Irish writers & Catholicism which concludes with a superb study of the poetry of Seamus Heaney”   (Read more on our Local Authors page!)
MagicforBeginnerspaper HalfLife
Kelly Link & Shelley Jackson will read from recent fiction.   Link is author of two volumes of short fiction—Magic for Beginners & Strange Things Happen, & is editor of Trampoline: An Anthology.   Writing of Link's first volume, China Miéville said, “This small-press short-story collection by a young American writer is a joy—a very tired word, & not one I use lightly.   I've not been so moved & affected—& dammit, yes, inspired—by a book for a long time.”   (Read more on our Local Authors page!)   Jackson is a writer & artist known for her cross-genre experiments, including important contributions to electronic literature & hypertext.   She is widely recognized for Patchwork Girl (hypertext), published by Eastgate Systems in 1995, a reworking of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, & other hypertexts, including "My Body" and "The Doll Games".   She is also author of a collection of short fiction, The Melancholy of Anatomy, & quite recently, a novel, Half Life.

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