Glasgow Endowment Readings
Speakers: Evie Shockley, Asali Solomon and Helena Maria Viramontes
Thursday 5 March at 4:30 pm, in Leyburn Library’s Northen Auditorium
Each author will read from her recent works. This event is free and open to the public and books will be available for purchase.
Evie Shockley is the author of two books of poetry — The New Black (2011), winner of the 2012 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in Poetry, and A Half-Red Sea ( 2006), and a critical study, Renegade Poetics: Black Aesthetics and Formal Innovation in African American Poetry (2011). Her poetry and essays appear in journals and anthologies, with recent or forthcoming work included in Best American Poetry, FENCE, Obsidian, and Cambridge Companion to Modern American Poetry, among others. Her work has been honored and supported with the 2012 Holmes National Poetry Prize, fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and residencies at Hedgebrook, Mac-Dowell and the Millay Colony for the Arts.
Asali Solomon received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award for the stories later collected in Get Down, her first book, which was a finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Debut Fiction. In 2007, she was named one of the National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35.” She teaches English literature and creative writing at Haverford College and is a former member of the W&L faculty. Her latest book, Disgruntled (2015), was the subject of a recent segment on Fresh Air on National Public Radio.
Helena Maria Viramontes is the author of The Moths and Other Stories and two novels, Under the Feet of Jesus and Their Dogs Came with Them. She has also co-edited two collections Chicana Writes: On Word and Film and Chicana Creativity and Criticism. She is completing a draft of her third novel, The Cemetery Boys. A recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the John Dos Passos Award for Literature and a United States Artist fellowship, her short stories and essays have been widely anthologized and her writings have been adopted for classroom use and university study. Her work is the subject of a critical reader titled Rebozos De Palabras (2013).