Hello all you litlovers out there! Happy New Year!
Here’s to kicking off the semester right and getting started with some Writers’ Festival Guest Profiles! But before I get ahead of myself…Do you know who the guests are this year?
As the lovely Agnes Scott Website describes them, they are as follows.
Danzy Senna is the bestselling author of the novels Caucasia, and Symptomaticand the memoir Where Did You Sleep Last Night?: A Personal History. Her debut novel Caucasia, the story of two biracial sisters growing up in racially charged Boston during the 1970s, was the winner of the BOMC Stephen Crane Award for First Fiction, the Alex Award from the American Library Association and The Los Angeles Times’ Best Book of the Year Prize. Her memoir explores the forces of history at work in the power and failure of her parents’ unlikely union. Ms. Senna lives in Los Angeles.
A Georgia native and 1997 graduate of Agnes Scott College, Jennifer Nettles is an award winning songwriter and the lead vocalist for the duo Sugarland. Her feisty songs focus on breaking through barriers, taking risks, seizing opportunities, and refusing to settle for less than one’s dreams. Before forming Sugarland, Jennifer appeared with Soul Miner’s Daughter and the Jennifer Nettles Band and performed frequently at Eddie’s Attic in Decatur. Ms. Nettles’s many prizes include a 2009 Grammy Award for Best Country Song for “Stay.” She has also recorded a #1 hit with Bon Jovi, performed at the Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial in 2009, and participated in the new recording of “We Are the World” to benefit Haiti in 2010.
Arda Collins’s collection of poems, It Is Daylight, won the 2008 Yale Series of Younger Poets prize. Judge Louise Gluck describes the volume as “a book of astonishing originality and intensity, unprecedented, unrepeatable.” Her poems have recently appeared in The New Yorker, American Poetry Reviewand A Public Space. A former Glenn Schaeffer Fellow at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she is pursuing a Ph.D. in poetry at the University of Denver.
I am so excited for these women to join us at Agnes Scott for the Writers’ Festival (and I hope you are too)!
Stay tuned to learn more about each author…