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Jonathan Potts

For immediate release:
September 7, 2004

DJ Renegade Kicks Off Carnegie Mellon's Annual Adamson Visiting Writers Series

PITTSBURGH—Poet Joel Dias Porter, aka DJ Renegade, will open the 2004-05 Adamson Visiting Writers Series at 8 p.m. Sept. 15 in the Adamson Wing of Baker Hall at Carnegie Mellon University. The event is free and open to the public. Porter is a Pittsburgh native and Air Force veteran who became a disc jockey in Washington, D.C. From 1998 to 1999 he was the Haiku Slam Champion. His poems have appeared in Time magazine, The Washington Post, Callaloo and Antioch Review, among others. In 1995, Porter received the Furious Flower Emerging Poet Award from James Madison University. He also recorded a CD of poetry and jazz called "LibationSong."

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

Sept. 30, Lee Standiford—Standiford is the author of two books of nonfiction and nine novels, including "Spill," "Done Deal," "Deal on Ice" and "Bone Key." He is the recipient of the Frank O¹Connor Award and a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship for fiction. Standiford directs the Creative Writing Program at Florida International University.

Oct. 13, Lee Gutkind—Gutkind, one of the nation¹s leading voices for creative nonfiction, is the author most recently of his memoir, "Forever Fat: Essays by the Godfather." A professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh, Gutkind also is the author of "Many Sleepless Nights" and "The Best Seats in Baseball, But You Have to Stand." Gutkind is a former NPR editor and the founder of the first MFA program in creative nonfiction.

Nov. 8, Hazel Rowley—Rowley is the author of "Christina Stead: A Biography" and "Richard Wright: The Life and Times." She is completing work on a book about Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir. She lives in Boston.

Jan. 31, Michael Byers—Byers is an assistant professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh. His book of short stories, "The Coast of Good Intentions" recevied the Sue Kaufman Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1999 and was a finalist for the Pen/Hemingway Award. He has written a novel, "Long for This World," and his stories have appeared in "Best American Short Stories" and "O. Henry Awards." Byers also is the recipient of a Stegner Fellowship and a Whiting Award.

Feb. 28, Thomas Sayers Ellis—Ellis is co-founder of The Dark Room Collective, and his poetry has appeared in American Poetry Review, Agni, Best American Poetry, Ploughshares and The Kenyon Review, among others. His first collection was published in "Graywolf Annual, Tale Three" and he authored the chapbook "The Genuine Negro Hero" and the forthcoming "The Maverick Room." Ellis is an assistant professor of English at Case Western Reserve University. He has received fellowships from the Ohio Arts Council, The MacDowell Colony, The Fine Arts Work Center and Yaddo.

March 15, Karen Holmberg—The Winner of the 1996 Discovery/The Nation Award, Holmberg has been published in The Paris Review, Slate and The Nation, among others. She has twice won the Academy of American Poets Prize, and she is the winner of the Vassar Miller Prize. She wrote a book of poems, "Perseids."

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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