The Newcomb College Center for Research on Women is honored to host poet Ellen Bryant Voigt as the 1996 Zale Writer-in-Residence.
Funded by a generous grant from Dana Zale Gerard N '85 and the Zale Foundation, each year the Zale Writer-in-Residence Program brings to campus a woman writer who meets and workshops with creative writing and literature students, as well as faculty and members of the New Orleans community. Past Zale Writers-in-Residence include Dorothy Allison, Lee Smith, Gloria Naylor and Linda Hogan.
Ellen Bryant Voigt is the author of five volumes of poetry, including Claiming Kin, The Forces of Plenty and The Lotus Flowers. In 1993, her collection Two Trees won the Hanes Prize for Poetry awarded bi-annually by the Fellowship of Southern Writers. Inspired in part by the shadow of AIDS and other contemporary epidemics, Voigt's latest collection, Kyrie, a 1995 National Book Award finalist, conjures up the largely forgotten influenza pandemic of 1918-1919, which claimed twenty-five million lives worldwide, half a million in the United States alone.
Voigt earned her B.A. from Converse College and her M.F.A. from the University of Iowa. In 1976, she developed and directed the nation's first low-residency writing program at Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont, then helped move the program to Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, North Carolina in 1981. A recipient of grants from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, she was professor of poetry at M.I.T. for three years and has taught at the Breadloaf, Aspen, Indiana, Napa, Catskills and Ropewalk Writers' Conferences. She is currently chairperson of the academic board for the M.F.A. for writers at Warren Wilson College, and lives in Cabot, Vermont with her husband and two children.
Please browse these selections from each of Ms. Voigt's volumes of poetry:
The Forces of Plenty
The Lotus Flowers
Zale Events(All events listed below are free and open to the public.)
Wednesday, November 6
7:30 p.m., Myra Clare Rogers Chapel, Newcomb College
A Reading by Ellen Bryant Voigt, Twelfth Annual Zale Writer-in-Residence.
Ms. Voigt's books will be available for purchase at the reading.
A reception will be held in the Faculty Lounge on the first floor of Newcomb Hall following the reading.
Thursday, November 7
Noon, Anna E. Many Lounge, Newcomb College Center for Research on Women
Meet the Author: Professor of English Peter Cooley will interview Ms. Voigt about her work, the writing process, and the writing life.
Ms. Voigt's books will be available for purchase at this event.
4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m., Anna E. Many Lounge
Conversation with Ellen Bryant Voigt.
In each of these informal sessions, Ms. Bryant will be available to talk informally with anyone who would like to meet her.
Friday, November 8
10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Anna E. Many Lounge
More conversation with Ellen Bryant Voigt
QUESTIONS? Please phone the Center at 504.865.5238.
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