Richard Jones and Lan Samantha Chang to Read
At Hope College on Thursday, Nov. 15

Posted November 8, 2001

HOLLAND -- Poet Richard Jones and fiction writer Lan Samantha Chang will give a reading at Hope College on Thursday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. in the Knickerbocker Theatre.

The public is invited. Admission is free.

Jones is the director of the creative writing program at DePaul University in Chicago, Ill. His poetry has won him international renown, as well as the Posner Award and two IAC Literary Awards. His work has been translated into Chinese, Swedish, Spanish and German. He has written 11 books of poetry, including his latest collection, "The Blessing: New and Selected Poems." Jones has also been a guest on National Public Radio and the BBC. The Society of Midland Authors has said, "Jones' work reminds us that the ordinary is extraordinary, that the real miracle is being human."

Lan Samantha Chang is a first-generation Chinese- American, and her work focuses on the experiences of Chinese immigrants in the U.S. as they adapt to a new culture. Chang's latest publication, "Hunger: A Novella and Short Stories," received the California Book Award. A graduate of Yale and the Iowa Writers Workshop, she is the recipient of fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute, Stanford University and the National Endowment for the Arts. Mary Spicuzza has said that Chang's writing has "a powerful yet meditative command of language... She never loses sight of passion, dreams and the inexplicable desire she calls hunger."

Music by the Hope College Jazz Ensemble will precede the reading beginning at 6:30 p.m. The public is invited to a reception and book signing with the writers in the Knickerbocker lobby immediately following the reading.

The Knickerbocker Theatre is located in downtown Holland at 86 E. 8th St., between College and Columbia avenues.


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