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Contact: Teresa Thomas,
412-268-3580

For immediate release:
June 7, 2002

Carnegie Mellon University Announces Adamson Writers Series for Fall 2002 and Spring 2003

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University announces its Adamson Writers Series for 2002- 2003. The series will begin on Sept. 9, 2002, with two of the English Department' s own poets, Jim Daniels and Terrance Hayes. The schedule of presenters for 2002- 2003 includes:

Jim Daniels and Terrance Hayes - Monday, September 9, 2002
Jim Daniels' most recent collections of poetry include Night with Drive- by Shooting Stars (New Issues Press) and Digger' s Blues (Adastra Press). Daniels has also written collections of short stories such as No Pets (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1999) and Detroit Tales (due to be published in 2003 by Michigan State University Press). Daniels is the head of the Creative Writing Program at Carnegie Mellon. Terrance Hayes has won several awards for his poetry including the 1999 Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the 2000 Whiting Writers Award for Muscular Music and the 2001 National Poetry Series Open Competition for Hip Logic. His poems appear in two anthologies, Giant Steps: The New Generation of African American Writers and American Poetry: The Next Generation, as well as in several journals. He is an assistant professor of the Creative Writing Program at Carnegie Mellon.

Mark Brazaitis - Monday, October 7, 2002
Mark Brazaitis is the author of The River of Lost Voices: Stories from Guatemala, winner of the 1998 Iowa Short Fiction Award and a novel, Steal My Heart. His poems, stories, essays and articles have been widely published in journals such as The Sun, Beloit Fiction Journal, Notre Dame Review and Atlanta Review and newspapers such as The Washington Post, the Richmond Times- Dispatch, the Detroit Free Press and American Medical News. He is an assistant professor of English at West Virginia University.

Major Jackson - Wednesday, November 6, 2002
Major Jackson' s first book of poems, Leaving Saturn, won the 2000 Cave Canem Poetry Prize for best first book by an African- American poet. He has also been the recipient of fellowships and awards from Bread Loaf Conference, Pew Fellowship in the Arts and Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center. A member of the Dark Room Collective (a Cambridge reading series), his poems have appeared in The New Yorker, American Poetry Review, Boulevard, Callaloo and other literary journals. Jackson is an assistant professor of English at the University of Vermont and the low- residency MFA Creative Writing Program at Queens College in Charlotte, N.C.

Scott Saunders - Monday, December 2, 2002
Scott Saunders has directed, co- written and co- produced two feature films and more than 20 shorts, among them, "Welcome to Willieworld," which premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival in April 2001. Another feature, "The Headhunter's Sister," premiered at the 1997 Los Angeles Independent Film Festival and has won the Grand Jury Prize at the Florida Film Festival, a Jury Prize at the Seattle International Film Festival, a Special Jury Prize at the Bangkok International Film Festival and the Audience Award at the Long Island Film Festival. He is currently in pre- production on a new feature called The Technical Writer. Saunders is a founding member of New York' s Film Crash group and a regular contributor to Filmmaker magazine.

Susan Stewart - Monday, January 27, 2003
Susan Stewart's collections of poetry include The Forest (University of Chicago Press) and Yellow Stars and Ice, and she has recently completed her fourth book of poetry, Columbarium. She is also the author of two translations and a number of critical works, such as On Longing and Poetry and the Fate of the Senses, On Longing: Narratives of the Miniature, the Gigantic, the Souvenir, the Collection, Crimes of Writing: Problems in the Containment of Representation, and Nonsense. She is MacArthur Fellow and the Reagan Professor in English at the University of Pennsylvania.

C. Michael Curtis - Friday, February 21, 2003 (Please note that event begins at 4:30 p.m.)
C. Michael Curtis began work at The Atlantic Monthly in 1963, and, as senior editor, edits the fiction, the letters to the editor, and other pieces. His essays, articles, reviews and poems have been published in such places as The New Republic, National Review and Sport. He has also has edited three anthologies, American Stories: Fiction from The Atlantic Monthly, Contemporary New England Short Stories and Contemporary California Short Stories. Curtis has taught creative writing, ethics and grammar at Harvard, MIT, Cornell, Tufts, Boston University and elsewhere.

Kathleen Lee - Monday, March 10, 2003
Kathleen Lee is the author of Travel Among Men, her fiction debut that is a collection of short stories. She writes for Conde Nast Traveler and her work has appeared in Best American Travel Writing, 2001 and 2002. She is currently living in Pittsburgh.

Larissa Szporluk - Wednesday, April 2, 2003
Larissa Szporluk is the author of Dark Sky Question (Beacon Press, 1998), winner of the Barnard Poetry Prize and Isolato (University of Iowa Press, 2000), winner of the Iowa Poetry Prize. Her poetry has appeared in Best American Poetry 1999 and 2001, Best of Beacon 1999, New American Voices and Young American Poets, as well as in numerous journals such as Ploughshares, River City, Grand Street, The Georgia Review and Daedalus. Szporluk is an assistant professor of creative writing and English literature at Bowling Green State University.

All presentations will be given in the Adamson Wing, Baker Hall, on the Carnegie Mellon campus and begin at 8 p.m. unless otherwise noted. For more information about the Adamson Writers Series, contact Carnegie Mellon' s English Department at 412- 268- 2850. The series is free and open to the public. The Adamson Writers Series is made possible by the generous support of the Pauline B. Adamson Fund.

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