The 2012 Villanova Literary Festival lineup has been finalized, and we are in for a great round of readings this spring. All of the readings will be at 7:00 p.m. in the Connelly Center.
February 2: Poet C.D. Wright
Her poetry includes One with Others (volume; 2011 Lenore Marshall Prize); Rising, Falling, Hovering (volume; Griffin Poetry Prize); One Big Self: Prisoners of Louisiana (volume; 2003); and Deepstep Come Shining (book-length; 1998). Her honors include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, and the Bunting Institute.
February 21: Poet and Tomás Rivera Endowed Chair Juan Felipe Herrera
The son of migrant farm workers, he attended UCLA, Stanford, and the University of Iowa. His work includes Half of the World in Light (2008 National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry; 2009 PEN/Beyond Margins Award) and 187 Reasons Mexicanos Can’t Cross the Border (2008 PEN West award). Among his honors are two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships and a Guggenheim Fellowship.
March 13: Author and Villanova Heimbold Chair of Irish Studies Hugo Hamilton
He the best-selling author of The Speckled People: A Memoir of a Half-Irish Childhood (Prix Femina Etranger in France, Premio Giuseppe Berto prize in Italy, appeared on the New York Times list of notable books) and Hand in the Fire (2010). In 1992 he was awarded the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature.
April 12: Fiction writer and Orange Prize winner Téa Obreht
At only 26, her writing already has been published in, among others, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Harper’s, and has been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories and The Best American Non-Required Reading. The New Yorker named her one of the twenty best American fiction writers under forty. Her debut novel, The Tiger’s Wife (2011), won the 2011 Orange Prize for Fiction.
April 26: Pulitzer Prize winner for fiction William Kennedy
A few of his novels and screenplays include Legs, Billy Phelan’s Greatest Game (novel), Ironweed (novel; 1984 Pulitzer Prize, National Book Critics Circle Award), and Grand View (screenplay). His awards include the Literary Lions Award from the New York Public Library, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a Governor’s Arts Award, and the Peggy V. Helmerich Distinguished Author Award.
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