Contemporary Writers Series

Ron HanseRon Hansen headshotn

Thursday, September 30, 2004
Montante Cultural Center 8 pm

Hansen is the author of a story collection, Nebraska; six novels, including Atticus, a National Book Award Finalist, Mariette in EcstasyThe Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, and Hitler’s Niece; and a collection of essays, A Stay Against Confusion: Essays on Faith and Fiction. Hansen has held the Wallace Stegner Creative Writing Fellowship at Stanford, has twice been nominated for a PEN/Faulkner Award, and is the recipient of an Award in Literature from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letter. Hansen is the Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J., Professor in the Arts and Humanities at Santa Clara University, where he earned an M.A. in spirituality in 1995. 

Web Resources

Literary Biography
Cornell Visiting Writer Website
Criticism and Reviews
Writing Selections
Creighton University Website 

Susan Power Susan Power headshot

Thursday, October 28, 2004
Grupp Fireside Lounge 8 pm

Power is a native of Chicago, an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe. She’s earned undergraduate and law degrees from Harvard and an M.F.A. from the Iowa Writer’s Workshop. Her best-selling first novel, The Grass Dancer, winner of the PEN/Hemingway prize for first fiction in 1994, was a Book of the Month Club and Quality Paperback Book Club selection.  Her short fiction has appeared in Atlantic MonthlyParis Review, and The Best American Short Stories. Her new book isRoofwalker, winner of the Milkweed National Fiction Prize, a collection of stories and histories.

Web Resources

Voices from the Gaps: Women Writers of Color Website
Hodder Fellowship Announcement – March 10, 1997
Native American Authors Project Website
Literaturshock Website
Roofwalker Reviews
Reading Group Choices Endorsement 

Eavan Boland Eavan Boland  headshot

Thursday, March 3, 2005
Montante Cultural Center 8 pm
2nd Annual Hassett Reading

Eavan Boland was born in Dublin and earned an undergraduate degree from Trinity College. She has published nine books of poetry, including In A Time of ViolenceAn Origin Like Water, and The Lost Land. She is also the author of a book of prose, Object Lessons: The Life of the Woman and Poet in Our Time, and co-editor with Mark Strand of The Making of a Poem: A Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms. Her most recent book is Against Love Poetry. She’s received a Lannan Foundation Award in Poetry and an American Ireland Fund Literary Award. She lives in Ireland and California, where she is the director of the Creative Writing Program at Stanford University. 

Web Resources

Boland’s American Academy of Poets Website
Boland’s Norton Poets Online Website
Video of “The Emigrant Irish” 
A Short Biography and Bibliography

Garrison KeillorGarrison Keillor  headshot

Monday, April 4, 2005
Montante Cultural Center 8 pm

Garrison Keillor was born in Anoka, Minnesota and graduated from the University of Minnesota. Since 1974, he has been the host and writer of the Saturday-night radio program A Prairie Home Companion. He is the author of 13 books, including Lake Wobegon DaysWobegon 1956The Book of Guys, and Love Me, and editor of the anthology Good Poems. He now teaches occasionally at the University of Minnesota, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He lives with his wife and daughter in St. Paul. 

Web Resources

A Prairie Home Companion
The Writer’s Almanac
From the Desk of Garrison Keillor 
“In Praise of Laziness”
“The Mysteries of Prom Night”
“A Graduation Speech”
Homegrown Democrat
Florida State Bio