Information on the Guests!

39th Annual Agnes Scott Writers’ Festival

March 25-26, 2010

Thursday, March 25, 8 p.m., Winter Theatre, Dana

Reading by Scott Russell Sanders

Scott Russell Sanders studied physics and English at Brown University and, as a Marshall Scholar, completed a Ph.D. in English at the University of Cambridge.  In 1971 he joined the faculty of Indiana University, where he taught until 2009, retiring as Distinguished Professor of English.

Among his more than twenty books are novels, collections of stories, works of personal nonfiction, and storybooks for children. His writing examines the human place in nature, the pursuit of social justice, the relation between culture and geography, and the search for a spiritual path. His recent book, A Private History of Awe, is a coming-of-age memoir, love story, and spiritual testament, and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. A Conservationist Manifesto, his vision of a shift to a sustainable society, was published in 2009.

Thursday, March 25, 4 p.m., Chapel

Reading by Paul Guest

Paul Guest was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and raised in Georgia.  He received a B.A. in Humanities from the University of Tennessee and an M.F.A. from Southern Illinois University.  His poems have appeared in Slate, The Iowa Review, Mid-American Review, Pleiades, Quarterly West, Third Coast, and elsewhere.  His book The Resurrection of the Body and the Ruin of the World was winner of the 2002 New Issues Prize.  He is also the recipient of a 2007 Whiting Writers’ Award, and his second book, Notes for My Body Double, won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry.  In 2008, he published My Index of Slightly Horrifying Knowledge. He teaches at the University of West Georgia.

Friday, March 26, 10 a.m., Winter Theatre, Dana

Reading by Sarah Scoles

Sarah Scoles ‘07 recently graduated from Cornell University‘s MFA program, where she completed a collection of short stories featuring female narrators who are intelligent, neurotic, and scientific, and who feel some kind of disconnect between their brains and the world around them. She currently teaches Writing at Cornell University and later plans to observe and chronicle the lives of astronomers at remote radio telescopes. Her work has appeared in *DIAGRAM*, *SNReview*, *Sotto Voce* and “Fringe.”

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