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Contact: Teresa S. Thomas
(412) 268-3580

For immediate release:
September 21, 2001

Nicholas Christopher, Contemporary Poet and Fantasy Novelist, Slated For Carnegie Mellon Adamson Writers Series Nov. 1

PITTSBURGH–Nicholas Christopher, the author of seven books of contemporary poetry and four novels of fantasy fiction, will read from his work as part of the Adamson Writers Series on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2001, at 8 p.m. in the Adamson Wing of Baker Hall on Carnegie Mellon's campus.

The New York Times described his most recent novel, "A Trip to the Stars," as "an American descendant of 'The Arabian Nights.'" Booklist called it a "captivating magical tale of destiny, love, kinship, stars and spiders." "Atomic Field," Christopher's most recent book of poetry about a young man's life, is made up of two long narrative poems that have been praised by the Times as having "spare, immediate images (that) are gathered together by a subtle epiphany."

Christopher's poetry has appeared in numerous journals, magazines and anthologies. He has received several prominent literary awards for his work. "Franklin Flyer," his next novel, will be published by Dial Press in 2002, and he is completing a book-length poem, "Indigo." Christopher is an associate professor in the Master of Fine Arts program of the English Department at Columbia University in New York.

For more information about Christopher's appearance, contact Carnegie Mellon's English Department at 412-268-2850. The presentation is free and the public is welcome.

The Adamson Visiting Writers Series is made possible by the generous support of the Pauline B. Adamson Fund.


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