Sarah Lawrence’s annual Spring Reading Series will run from February through April as the College presents several prominent authors of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry, as well as alumnae/i fiction writers who will share their work in events that are free and open to the public. Each of the readings, hosted by the College’s Graduate Writing Program, will be held in the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Film Theatre in the Heimbold Visual Arts Center and will begin at 6:30 p.m. For additional information, please call 914-395-2411.
Jane Kramer, the first of the authors to participate in the Spring Reading Series, will present her work on Wednesday, February 8. Kramer is the European correspondent of The New Yorker, and writes the "Letter from Europe" for the magazine. She is also the author of nine books, including The Politics of Memory, a collection of her writing from Germany in the years since the Wall fell, and, most recently, Lone Patriot, published in 2002. Jane Kramer's books and her journalism have received awards, including a National Book Award, a National Magazine Award, and an Emmy Award for Documentary. She has received the President's Medal from Vassar and the Mary McCarthy Award at Bard—two of the country's most prestigious prizes for women.
On Wednesday, February 15, C.K. Williams will visit the College. Williams is the author of numerous books of poetry, including The Singing, The Vigil, A Dream of Mind, Repair, which won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize, and Flesh and Blood, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award. Among his many awards and honors are an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Award.
For the next reading in the series, on Wednesday, February 22, Antonya Nelson will share her work. Nelson is the author of a number of short story collections, including In the Land of Men, Family Terrorists, and The Expendables, winner of the Flannery O’Connor Award. For her collection titled Female Trouble. Nelson has been awarded a Guggenheim fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts grant, a Rea Award for the Short Story, and was named by The New Yorker as one of the “twenty young fiction writers for the new millennium.” Her latest offering, Some Fun, is a collection of stories forthcoming in March 2006.
On Wednesday, March 29, Amy Hempel, well known for her works in fiction and non-fiction will visit the College for a reading. In 1985, she published her first story collection, Reason to Live, which won the Commonwealth Club of California Silver Medal. She is also the author of At the Gates of the Animal Kingdom, Tumble Home, and most recently in 2005, The Dog of the Marriage: Stories. She also works as a contributing editor to Bomb Magazine.
Harryette Mullen will read from her work on Wednesday, April 5. Mullen is the author of several books of poetry including Trimmings, S*PeRm**K*T, Muse & Drudge, and Sleeping with the Dictionary. The latter was nominated for a National Book Award, National Book Critics Circle Award, and Los Angeles Times Book Prize. She is a recipient of an artist grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts and a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation.
Finally, on Wednesday, April 12, three Sarah Lawrence Alumnae/i will return to the College to read selections from their most recent works of fiction. Beth Webb Hart’s first novel, Grace at Low Tide, will soon be followed by Adelaide Piper, to be published in June 2006. She lectures on a variety of topics and has taught creative writing on the college and high school level where she received two national awards from Scholastic, Inc. Justin Haythe’s first novel, The Honeymoon, was Long Listed for the 2004 Man Booker Prize. His short fiction has appeared in Harper’s Magazine and is forthcoming in The New England Review as well as in Zembla in the UK. He is also an accomplished screenwriter, most recently credited for writing the 2004 feature film The Clearing. Kaui Hemmings is the author of House of Thieves, A Collection of Stories. Her fiction appears in Story Quarterly, Zoetrope: All-Story, The Sun, Best American Non Required Reading 2004 and Best American New Voices 2006. She is currently working on a novel while editing the next issue of Story Quarterly.