Amy Hassinger will give a reading of her work Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 4:30 PM in the Wren Room, Sanborn House. A reception with students and faculty to follow.
Gregory Pardlo will give a reading of his work on Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 4:30 PM in the Wren Room, Sanborn House. A reception with students and faculty to follow.
Amy Hassinger is the author of three novels: Nina: Adolescence (Putnam 2003), The Priest's Madonna (Putnam 2006), and After the Dam (Red Hen Press 2016). Her writing has been translated into Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, and Indonesian and has won awards from Creative Nonfiction, Publisher’s Weekly, and the Illinois Arts Council. She's placed her work in many publications, including The New York Times, Creative Nonfiction, The Writers’ Chronicle, and The Los Angeles Review of Books. She earned her M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and serves as a Faculty Mentor in the University of Nebraska’s low-residency MFA in Writing Program. Originally from Massachusetts, Amy now lives in Urbana, Illinois, where she produces the micro-podcast The Literary Life, and leads writing workshops out of her home.
Gregory Pardlo's collection Digest (Four Way Books) won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Digest was also shortlisted for the 2015 NAACP Image Award and was a finalist for the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award. His other honors include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts; his first collection Totem was selected by Brenda Hillman for the APR/Honickman Prize in 2007. He is also the author of Air Traffic, a memoir in essays forthcoming from Knopf. Pardlo joins the faculty of the M.F.A. program in creative writing at Rutgers University-Camden in the fall of 2016. He lives with his family in Brooklyn.