Visiting Writers Series Presents
Samuel Hazo and Nahid Rachlin
Posted February 11, 2002
HOLLAND -- The Hope College Visiting Writers
Series begins the spring semester with two authors of Middle
Eastern heritage, Samuel Hazo and Nahid Rachlin, who will
read in the Knickerbocker Theatre on Thursday, Feb. 21, at 7
Jazz music from the Hope College Jazz Ensemble
will precede the reading beginning at 6:30 p.m.
The public is invited. Admission is free.
The author of more than 30 volumes of poetry, Hazo
has been the president and director of the International
Poetry Forum since its creation in 1966. In 1993, Hazo was
the first person to be named State Poet of the Commonwealth
of Pennsylvania, a position he still holds.
The University of Arkansas Press has called his
poetry "Clear...concerned, and uniquely refreshing." Aside
from teaching at Duquesne University, where he is the
McAnuly Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Hazo writes
fiction, essays and plays, and translates Arabic works. His
reading will reunite him with Hope College poet Susan Atefat
Peckham, whom he has mentored. Hazo's most recent volume of
poetry is titled "As They Sail."
Hazo will be joined in the reading by Iranian
writer Nahid Rachlin. An author of fiction and memoir,
Rachlin draws on both Iranian and American culture, creating
stories that resonate across national boundaries. Rachlin's
work has appeared in countless journals and magazines,
including the "Prairie Schooner" and the "City Lights
Journal." A recipient of the Doubleday Columbia Fellowship,
the Wallace Stegner Fellowship, and a National Endowment for
the Arts grant, Rachlin has taught at Yale and currently
teaches creative writing at Barnard College in New York
City. Her latest novel is titled, "Married to a Stranger."
Both authors will participate in a student-led
panel on their work, their culture, and challenges of
writing as a Middle Eastern-American post-September 11, on
Thursday, Feb. 21, at 3 p.m. in the conference room of the
Maas Center. Following the reading, on Friday, Feb. 22, at
3 p.m. in the Granberg Room of the Van Wylen Library,
Natalie Dykstra of the Hope English faculty will lead
"Afterwords," a forum dedicated to discussing issues raised
by the reading. The public is invited to both events.
The Knickerbocker Theatre is located on 8th Street
in downtown Holland. The Maas Center is located on Columbia
Avenue at 11th Street. The Van Wylen Library is located on
College Avenue at Graves Place (11th Street).