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Writers At Newark Reading Series with Rita Dove and Rachel Eliza Griffiths
Presented by The Rutgers University – Newark MFA Creative Writing Program
About the Writers:
Rita Dove, reciepient of the 1987 Pulitizer Prize in poetry, served as U.S. Poet Laureate from 1993-1995. The author of numerous books, including Thomas and Beulah, Collected Poems, 1974-2004, Sonata Mulattica, American Smooth, Mother Love, and Selected Poems. She edited two major anthologies: The Penguin Anthology of Twentieth-Century American Poetry and Best American Poetry 2000. In 1996 her drama, The Darker Face of the Earth, premiered at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and was subsequently produced at Crossroads Theater in New Brunswick, N.J., the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and at the Royal National Theatre in Long, among other venues. In 1998 the Boston Symphony debuted her song cycle “Seven for Luck,” with music by John Williams, under the composer’s baton. Among Rita Dove’s many honors are the 2011 National Medal of Arts from President Obama, the 1996 National Humanities Medal from President Clinton, and 25 honorary doctorates, most recently from Yale University. She is Commonwealth Professor of English at the University of Virginia.
Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Spring ’18 Writer in Residence at RU-N MFA, will be featured in conversation with Rita Dove. A poet and visual artist, Rachel Eliza Griffiths is the author of four collections of poetry, including Miracle Arrhythmia, Mule & Pear, The Requited Distance, and Lighting The Shadow. A Cave Canem and Kimbilio Fellow, she was a Balcones Poetry Prize and Phillis Wheatley Book Award finalist.
About the Writers at Newark Reading Series:
The Rutgers University – Newark MFA Creative Writing Program is interested in the real world experience our students bring to the classroom, as well as to creative exchange beyond the university campus. Our most visible bridge to the University and to Newark is The Writers at Newark Reading Series, which brings nationally prominent writers of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction to campus. The Reading Series provides the opportunity for a diverse audience of students, faculty, staff and the public to hear and interact with these writers in an intimate and dynamic setting. It is also the centerpiece for our community outreach programs, such as our Writers at Newark Mentors Program, where the Rutgers University – Newark Chancellor’s Office and the MFA Program partners with local Newark high schools.
For more information on our community outreach, please contact us at (973) 353-1107 or http://bit.ly/2xM1yE0
Location: Lecture Hall, Room 213.
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