PHILADELPHIA â€“ Three acclaimed writers have been tapped to serve as Spring 2011 Fellows at the University of Pennsylvaniaâ€™s Kelly Writers House.
Novelist and non-fiction writer Susan Cheever will visit Pennâ€™s campus Feb. 14-15, playwright Edward Albee March 21-22 and poetry critic Marjorie Perloff April 25-26 for evening readings and informal teaching sessions with young writers and aspiring writers and writer-critics.
Cheever has published five novels and seven works of nonfiction ranging from her memoir of her father, â€śHome Before Dark,â€ť to her most recent book, â€śDesire: Where Sex Meets Addiction.â€ť Her forthcoming book â€śLouisa May Alcott: A Personal Biographyâ€ť is slated for publication in November. Cheever has taught at Yale, Hunter College and the New School, and she is on the faculty at the Bennington Writing Seminars.
Albee, a three-time Pulitzer Prize-winner, has been hailed by the New Yorker as "the greatest living playwright." He is perhaps best known for his dramatic play â€śWho's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?â€ť It won both the Tony and New York Drama Critics Circle awards. Albee's other plays include â€śThe Zoo Story,â€ť â€śA Delicate Balance,â€ť â€śSeascape,â€ť â€śThree Tall Womenâ€ť and the Tony-winning â€śThe Goat: or, Who is Sylvia.â€ť He is a Kennedy Center Honoree, was awarded the National Medal of Arts and received a special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in Theatre.
Perloff is one Americaâ€™s foremost critics of modern and contemporary poetry.
She is author of hundreds of essays and many books, including â€śRadical Artifice: Writing Poetry in the Age of Media,â€ť â€śThe Poetics of Indeterminacy: Rimbaud to Cageâ€ť and most recently â€śUnoriginal Genius: Poetry by Other Means in the New Century.â€ť She is professor emerita of English at Stanford University and is currently Scholar-in-Residence at the University of Southern California.
Each Fellowâ€™s visit will begin with an evening reading at Kelly Writers House, 3805 Locust Walk, followed the next day by a brunch and a public interview-conversation the following morning. All programs will be streamed live and recorded for Writers House digital archives.
The course description, syllabi from previous years, images and bios of this yearâ€™s Fellows and past Fellows, as well as links to archived readings and webcasts, are available at http://writing.upenn.edu/wh/people/fellows/.
Reservations, which are required to attend each program and participate in webcasts, can be made by contacting Jamie-Lee Josselyn at 215-573-9749 or firstname.lastname@example.org. All events are free and open to the public.