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Sept. 23: Poet Matthea Harvey Kicks Off Carnegie Mellon's Adamson Visiting Writers Series, Oct. 23


Kelli McElhinny                        

Poet Matthea Harvey Kicks Off Carnegie Mellon's
Adamson Visiting Writers Series, Oct. 23

"Sad Little Breathing Machine"PITTSBURGH—The 2008-09 Adamson Visiting Writers Series at Carnegie Mellon University gets under way Oct. 23 with a reading by poet Matthea Harvey, author of "Modern Life" and "Sad Little Breathing Machine." All talks in the Adamson Visiting Writers Series take place at 8 p.m. in the Adamson Wing of Baker Hall (Baker Hall 136A) and are free and open to the public.

The rest of the series lineup is as follows:

  • March 26: Alyce Miller — Miller's most recent work, "Water: Nine Stories," is a winner of the Mary McCarthy Prize in Fiction. Miller is also the author of the novel "Stopping For Green Lights" and a collection of short stories titled "The Nature of Longing," which won the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction in 1994.
  • April 20: Charles D'Ambrosio — A short story writer and essayist who was a 2007 United States Artists Rasmuson Fellow, D'Ambrosio is the author of "The Dead Fish Museum" and "The Point: And Other Stories." He has also had work published in The New Yorker and The Paris Review. D'Ambrosio's talk is co-sponsored by Carnegie Mellon's Humanities Scholars Program.
  • May 1: Denis Johnson — Johnson, whose 2007 novel "Tree of Smoke" won the National Book Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, will read at the annual Adamson Awards to honor student writers. Although he is more well known for his fiction, Johnson, also the author of "The Incognito Lounge" and "The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations Millennium General Assembly: Poems," will read from his poetry selections.    

The annual Adamson Visiting Writers 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.
Also this year, the Department of English is a co-sponsor, along with the University of Pittsburgh, of the Microconference on African-American Literature. As part of that event, poets G.E. Patterson, Carl Phillips and Mendi Obadike will give readings at 7 p.m. on Feb. 26 in the Giant Eagle Auditorium in Baker Hall. Other highlights of the microconference include a lecture by prominent scholar and former MacArthur Foundation Fellow Arnold Rampersad at noon, Feb. 26 in the Cathedral of Learning Room 501 at the University of Pittsburgh. A panel discussion will follow the lecture at 2 p.m.

Pictured above is "Sad Little Breathing Machine" by Matthea Harvey.