Fall 2014 New Writing Series

English Department

Project Abstract/ Summary

The fall 2014 line-up will feature eight writers-four in fiction, four in poetry-in CA/DlS-supported events. As the brief biographies appended to this letter demonstrate, the writers we propose to bring to campus represent a wide range of literary activity and achievement. Trey Ellis, an African American novelist, screenwriter, professor, playwright, and essayist, and Alice Notley, a poet who has published more than twenty five books of poetry since 1971, are among the best known of the writers we plan to host. Julia Elliott, Jeff Jackson, and Christopher Merkner are all talented and widely recognized fiction writers. Hoa Nguyen, Dale Smith, and Dana Ward are poets who have contributed to the tradition of experimental writing that the National Poetry Foundation is committed to exploring and advancing through its publications and programming.