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Last modified: Tuesday, June 22, 2004

Award-winning authors to give public readings at annual IU Writers' Conference

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Indiana University Writers' Conference, now in its 64th year, will welcome 10 nationally renowned writers to Bloomington from Sunday (June 27) to July 2 for a week-long festival of readings, classes and workshops.

The authors will read from their works Sunday through Thursday evenings, June 27 to July 1. The readings will start at 8 p.m. in the Whittenberger Auditorium of the Indiana Memorial Union and will be followed by a reception with free refreshments in the IMU's University Club. The readings are free and open to the public.

The schedule of readings is as follows:

Sunday, June 27: Michael Martone (fiction/creative nonfiction) and Maureen Seaton (poetry)

Monday, June 28: Thomas Glave (fiction) and Brigit Pegeen Kelly (poetry)

Tuesday, June 29: Patricia Henley (fiction) and Karen Volkman (poetry)

Wednesday, June 30: Terrance Hayes (poetry) and Alyce Miller (fiction)

Thursday, July 1: Li-Young Lee (poetry) and Jean Thompson (fiction)

Thomas Glave is the author of a collection of short stories, Whose Song and Other Stories, named Book of Note in 2000 by Lambda Book Report. His fiction has appeared in the James White Review, Men on Men 6: Best New Gay Fiction, Prize Stories 1997: The O. Henry Awards, The Kenyon Review and His 2: Brilliant New Fiction by Gay Writers.

Terrance Hayes is the author of two volumes of poetry: Muscular Music, winner of the Whiting Writers Award and the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, and Hip Logic, a National Poetry Series Open Competition selection and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award. His poems also appear in Giant Steps: The New Generation of African American Writers and American Poetry: The Next Generation.

Patricia Henley is the author of three short story collections and three novels, including In the River Sweet and Hummingbird House, a finalist for the National Book Award and The New Yorker Best Fiction Award. Her most recent novel, Tango Season, is scheduled for publication in the summer of 2005. Her stories have appeared in several anthologies, including The Best American Short Stories and The Pushcart Prize Anthology.

Brigit Pegeen Kelly has published Song, the 1994 Lamont Poetry Selection of the Academy of American Poets, To the Place of Trumpets, selected by James Merrill for the Yale Series of Younger Poets and, most recently, The Orchard. Honors include the Cecil Hemley Award from the Poetry Society of America, the Discovery Award from The Nation, a Pushcart Prize, the Theodore Roethke Prize from Poetry Northwest and a Whiting Writers Award.

Li-Young Lee is the author of Rose, winner of the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Poetry Award, The City in Which I Love You, the Lamont Poetry Selection of The Academy of American Poets and Book of My Nights. His poetry has appeared in numerous literary journals, and he received an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation for his memoir, The Winged Seed: A Remembrance.

Michael Martone is the author of several fiction and nonfiction collections, including The Blue Guide to Indiana, Seeing Eye, Pensée: The Thoughts of Dan Quayle, Fort Wayne is Seventh on Hitler's List and The Flatness and Other Landscapes. His numerous awards include an Ingram Merrill Foundation Grant, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and a Pushcart Prize.

Alyce Miller is the author of the novel Stopping for Green Lights and the short story collection The Nature of Longing, winner of the Flannery O'Connor Award. Her fiction, nonfiction and poetry have appeared in Glimmer Train, Story, Harvard Review, Story Quarterly, The Iowa Review, Fourth Genre, Southwest Review, New Letters, Seneca Review and Witness.

Maureen Seaton has written five poetry collections: Fear of Subways, winner of the Eighth Mountain Poetry Prize, The Sea Among the Cupboards, winner of the Society of Midland Authors Award, Furious Cooking, winner of the Iowa Poetry Prize and the Lambda Award, Little Ice Age, a National Book Award nominee, and Venus Examines Her Breast. She also collaborated with poet Denise Duhamel on several collections.

Jean Thompson is the author of four novels: City Boy, Wide Blue Yonder, The Woman Driver and My Wisdom, and three short story collections: Little Face and Other Stories, The Gasoline Wars and Who Do You Love, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and a New York Times Notable Book. Her stories have appeared in numerous publications and journals.

Karen Volkman's first book of poetry, Crash's Law, was a National Poetry Series Selection in 1996, and her second book, Spar, won the Iowa Poetry Prize. Her honors include the James Laughlin Award from The Academy of American Poets, a Pushcart Prize and awards and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Poetry Society of America and the Akademie Schloss Solitude.

The Indiana University Writers' Conference is a nonprofit organization that supports creative writing in Indiana, the Midwest and throughout the country. For an application and more information, visit