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Jonathan Potts

For immediate release:
August 12, 2003

Pair of Poets Will Open the 23rd Annual Adamson Visiting Writer Series at Carnegie Mellon

PITTSBURGH—Poets Lisa Fishman and Richard Meier will kick off the 2003-04 Adamson Visiting Writer Series at 8 p.m. Sept. 16 in the Adamson Wing of Baker Hall at Carnegie Mellon University.

Fishman is the author "The Deep Heart's Core is a Suitcase" and "Dear, Read." Her recent poems have appeared in American Letters & Commentary, Colorado Review, Elixir, Indiana Review, Poetry and Salzburg Review. She is an assistant professor of English at Beloit College in Wisconsin.

Meier's first book of poetry, "Terrain Vague," was the winner of the 2000 Verse Prize. His poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Conduit, Fence, American Letters and Commentary, Paris Review and other journals. He has worked as a poet-in-the-schools in New York City and Pittsburgh, and is currently a visiting assistant professor of English at Beloit College.

All speakers will appear at 8 p.m. in the Adamson Wing. The other writers scheduled to speak this year are as follows:

Oct. 1, Robert Stewart—Stewart is a poet and essayist whose books include "Outside Language: Essays," "Plumbers" and "Letter from the Living." He is the editor of New Letters, a national magazine of writing and art, which is based at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he teaches professional and creative writing.

Oct. 20, Dan Chaon—Chaon's short story collection "Among the Missing" was a finalist for the 2001 National Book Award. His stories have been included in "Best American Short Stories" in 1996 and 2003 and "The Pushcart Prize" in 2000, 2002 and 2003. His novel "You Remind Me of Me" will be published next year. He is an associate professor of English at Oberlin College in Ohio.

Nov. 12, Virgil Suarez—A Cuban native, Suarez is the author of two new poetry collections, "Palm Crows" and "Banyan." His sixth collection, "Guide to the Blue Tongue," will be published later this year. The recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant for poetry, he is a professor at Florida State University.

Jan. 29, Linda Gregerson—Gregerson's most recent book of poems is "Waterborne." She also is the author of "The Woman Who Died in Her Sleep," "Fire in the Conservatory" and two books of criticism. Her many awards include the Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She teaches literature and creative writing at the University of Michigan.

Feb. 16, Anthony Butts—Butts, an assistant professor of creative writing at Carnegie Mellon, is the author of three books of poetry: "Fifth Season," "Evolution" and "Little Low Heaven." His work has appeared in many journals and has been anthologized in three collections.

March 2, James Hall—Hall is the author of four books of poetry, a short story collection, a collection of essays and 12 novels, including "Under Cover of Daylight" and "Blackwater Sound." He has written two screenplays based on his novels. He is a professor of literature and writing at Florida International University.

March 19, Crystal Williams—Williams is the author of two books of poetry, "Kin" and "Lunatic." Her work appears in Pleaides, The Crab Orchard Review, The Indiana Review and Ms. Magazine, among others. A member of the 1995 Nuyorican Slam Team, she teaches at Reed College in Oregon.

All events in the Adamson Visiting Writer Series are free and open to the public. The writer series is run by the Creative Writing program in the Department of English, which is part of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Carnegie Mellon. The series is made possible by the generous support of the Pauline B. Adamson Fund.


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