2016 Agnes Scott College Writers’ Festival Guests

The forty-fifth annual Agnes Scott College Writers’ Festival will be held April 7-8, 2016. This year we will have three distinguished guest writers on campus to speak to the public: Richard Blanco, Dani Shapiro, and Charleen McClure.

blanco_pressimage1Richard Blanco is the fifth inaugural poet in US history—the youngest, first Latino, immigrant, and gay person to serve in such a role. Born in Madrid to Cuban-exiled parents and raised in Miami, the negotiation of cultural identity and place characterize his body of work. He is the author of three poetry collections: Looking for the Gulf MotelDirections to the Beach of the Dead, and City of a Hundred Fires; and two memoirs: The Prince of Los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood and For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet’s Journey.

shapiro_author11-200x270An acclaimed literary novelist and nonfiction writer, Dani Shapiro is the bestselling author of three memoirs, Still Writing: The Perils and Pleasures of a Creative Life (2013); Devotion; and Slow Motion: A Memoir of a Life Rescued by Tragedy. Her five acclaimed novels include Family History and Black & White, both of which are in development as feature films.

 

charleen mcclureCharleen McClure is a young poet currently residing in New York City. She was born to Jamaican parents in London, England and later immigrated to Atlanta, Georgia. After graduating from Agnes Scott College with a Bachelor’s in English-Literature, she moved abroad to teach in Spain on a Fulbright scholarship. Since moving to New York City, she’s become part of the Women Writers in Bloom Poetry Salon and has participated in various Cave Canem workshops. Her work has been published in African Voices magazine.

Please join Richard Blanco, Dani Shapiro, and Charleen McClure for the following events:

Q & A with Richard Blanco, Dani Shapiro, and Charleen McClure ’10
Thursday, April 7, 1 p.m.
Luchsinger Lounge, Alston Student Center

Reading by Dani Shapiro
Reception and booksigning to follow
Thursday, April 7, 4 p.m.
Winter Theater, Dana Fine Arts

Reading by Richard Blanco
Reception and booksigning to follow
Thursday, April 7, 8 p.m.
Winter Theater, Dana Fine Arts

Reading by Charleen McClure ’10
Reception and booksigning to follow
Friday, April 8, 2 p.m.
Winter Theater, Dana Fine Arts

All of these events are free and open to the public. We hope to see you there.

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