Hope College Announces 2000-01
Visiting Writers Series Season

Posted September 11, 2000

HOLLAND -- The Visiting Writers Series at Hope College continues its tradition of hosting both established and emerging writers to engage the college and West Michigan communities in public readings, panel discussions and writing workshops.

The season begins on Tuesday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m. with Jill McCorkle and William Orem in the Knickerbocker Theatre, located at 86 E. 8th St. Live music by the college's Jazz Chamber Ensemble will precede the reading beginning at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free.

McCorkle is the author of "Final Vinyl Days and Other Stories," "Carolina Moon," "The Cheer Leader," "Ferris Beach," "July 7th," "Tending to Virginia," and "Crash Diet: Stories." "Crash Diet" (1992) was named by both the "New York Times Book Review" and "The Atlanta Journal- Constitution" as one of the best books of the year. She has taught writing at the University of North Carolina, Bennington College, Tufts University and Harvard University.

Orem has been honored by the Great Lakes College Association with the New Writers Award for his book, "Zombi, You My Love: Stories of Haiti." He is currently completing his dissertation at Indiana University, Bloomington and writing for National Public Radio.

Robin Hemley and Ofelia Zepeda will read on Tuesday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel. Hemley is the author of several works of nonfiction, including "Turning Life into Fiction," "The Last Studebaker," "All You Can Eat" and "The Big Ear," and teaches creative writing at St. Lawrence University. Zepeda is a professor of linguistics at the University of Arizona, and is considered the foremost authority in Tohono O'odham language and literature.

Kaye Gibbons will read on Friday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m. in the Knickerbocker Theatre. Her literary debut, "Ellen Foster," won the Sue Kaufman Award for First Fiction from the Academy of Arts and Letters, and she has garnered additional acclaim with her next five novels.

Honoring Black History Month and Women's Week, Allison Joseph and Van Jordan will read on Thursday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m. in the Knickerbocker Theatre. Joseph, the first winner of the Ampersand Press Women Poets Series Prize, has published three collections of poems, "What Keeps Us Here," "Soul Train" and "In Every Seam," and teaches at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Jordan teaches in the undergraduate Writing Department and serves as the 1999-2001 Joan Beebe Graduate Teaching Fellow at Warren Wilson College. His book, "Rise," is forthcoming from Tia Chucha Press.

On Monday, March 12, at 8 p.m., Roscoe Lee Browne and Anthony Zerbe will present "Behind the Broken Words" in the Knickerbocker Theatre in conjunction with the Great Performance Series. A performance of 20th century poetry, drama, and comedy, the evening will include he poetry of W.H. Auden, William Butler Yeats, Dylan Thomas, e.e. cummings, T.S. Eliot, Seamus Heaney and more. Paid advance tickets will be required.

Evelina Galang and Dana Levin will read on Wednesday, April 18, at 7 p.m. in the Knickerbocker Theatre. Galang is best known for her anthology of short stories, "Her Wild American Self," which was recommended by "The New York Times Book Review," and is also on the editorial staff of "Screaming Monkeys," an anthology of Asian American art. Levin teaches at the College of Santa Fe, and has received awards including the 1999 American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize for her book "In the Surgical Theatre," a 1999 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and a 1998 Pushcart Prize.

Additional information about the series may be obtained through the Visiting Writers Series web site at or by calling (616) 395-7893.


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