The Jack Ridl Visiting Writers Series of Hope College will feature Angela Pelster and David James Poissant on Thursday, Oct. 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the John and Dede Howard Recital Hall of the Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts.
The college’s Jazz Arts Collective and jazz combos will provide live music immediately before the reading in a performance beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the John and Dede Howard Recital Hall. In addition, there will also be a question-and-answer session earlier in the day, at 3:30 p.m. in the Fried-Hemenway Auditorium of the Martha Miller Center for Global Communication.
The public is invited to the events. Admission is free.
Angela Pelster's most recent book, “Limber” (Sarabande Books, 2014), won the Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award in Nonfiction, and was a finalist for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel award for the art of the essay. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in “The Kenyon Review,” “Hotel Amerika,” “Granta,” “Seneca Review,” “Fourth Genre” and “The Gettysburg Review,” amongst others. Her children’s novel “The Curious Adventures of India Sophia” (River Books, 2005) won the Golden Eagle Children’s Choice award. She lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, and teaches creative writing at Hamline University.
David James Poissant is the author of “The Heaven of Animals: Stories,” longlisted for the PEN / Robert W. Bingham Prize, winner of the GLCA New Writers Award and a Florida Book Award, and a finalist for the L.A. Times Book Prize. Poissant’s stories and essays have appeared in “The Atlantic Monthly,” “The New York Times,” “One Story,” “Playboy” and “Ploughshares.” He teaches in the MFA program at the University of Central Florida.
Additional information about the series can be found online at hope.edu/vws.
The Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts is located at 221 Columbia Ave., between Ninth and 10th streets. The Martha Miller Center for Global Communication is located at 257 Columbia Ave, at the corner of Columbia Avenue and 10th Street.