Contemporary Writers Series

Tracy KiddeTracy Kidder headshotr

October 13, 2005
4 p.m. -- Grupp Fireside Lounge
8 p.m. -- Montante Cultural Center

At 4 pm in the Grupp Fireside Lounge, Kidder will discuss Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World. The presentation will include selective readings, slides, and discussion shedding light on a book The New York Times called “inspiring, disturbing, daring, and completely absorbing.” 

At 8 pm in the Montante Cultural Center, Kidder will read from his new book, My Detachment, a memoir of his year as an army officer in Vietnam. The evening will include a question-and-answer period, a book-signing, and reception. 

Tracy Kidder graduated from Harvard and studied at the University of Iowa. He’s been awarded the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the Robert F. Kennedy Award. He is the author of seven works of nonfiction: The Soul of a New Machine, House, Among School Children, Old Friends, Home Town, and Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World. His new book is My Detachment, a memoir of his year as an army officer in Vietnam. He lives in Massachusetts and Maine.''

Web Resources

Random House Review
New York State Writers Institute Page
May 1999
October 12, 2004
Ink Q&A
Lettre Ulysses Award Bio

Brock ClarkeBrock Clarke headshot

Thursday, February 9, 2006
8 p.m. -- Marie Maday Theater

Brock Clarke grew up in Little Falls, NY, earned an undergraduate degree from Dickinson College, and received his Ph.D. in American literature from the University of Rochester. He is the author a novel, The Ordinary White Boy ( Harcourt 2001), and a short-story collection, What We Won't Do (Sarbande 2002), which won the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction. His latest book is Carrying the Torch, a collection of stories published by University of Nebraska Press, is the winner of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Fiction. His work has been published and anthologized in many magazines, including New Stories from the SouthGeorgia ReviewNew England ReviewSouthern ReviewFive Points, and The Believer. Currently, he is associate professor of English at the University of Cincinnati. 

Web Resources

Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts
Clarke’s Short Story, “Plowing the Secondaries”
Clarke’s Short Story, “The Price of the Haircut”
Clemson University Bio

Paul MuldoonPaul Muldoon headshot

Third Annual Hassett Reading
Thursday, March 2, 2006

8 p.m. -- Grupp Fireside Lounge

The Times Literary Supplement has called Paul Muldoon “the most significant English-language poet born since the Second World War.” A native of Northern Ireland, Muldoon is the author of nine books of poetry, including Poems 1968-1998 (2001) andMoy Sand and Gravel, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 2003. Among his awards are an American Academy of Arts and Letters award in literature, the 1994 T. S. Eliot Prize, the 1997 Irish Times Poetry Prize, the 2003 Griffin International Prize for Excellence in Poetry, the 2004 American Ireland Fund Literary Award, and the 2004 Shakespeare Prize. In 1999 he was elected to the five-year term of Professor of Poetry at the University of Oxford. He is currently Howard G.B. Clark ’21 Professor in the Humanities at Princeton University, where he directs the creative writing program. 

Web Resources

The Official Paul Muldoon Website
Muldoon’s Academy of American Poets Website
Ploughshares Literary Journal

Selected Poems
Muldoon’s Poem, “The Mountain is Holding Out”
Muldoon’s Poem, “The Sightseers”
A Short Biography, Bibliography and Brief Critical Analyses

Sandra BenitezSandra Benitez headshot

Thursday, April 6, 2006 8 p.m.
Marie Maday Theatre

Sandra Benitez spent her youth in Mexico, El Salvador, and Missouri. Benitez is the author of Night of the Radishes, published by Hyperion in January, 2004, The Weight of All Things, a Book Sense 76 pick and a Star Tribune Talking Volumes selection, Bitter Grounds, winner of an American Book Award and A Place Where the Sea Remembers, which won a Barnes and Noble Discover Award and the Minnesota Book Award. Her work has been translated into six languages. She is a past Keller-Edelstein Distinguished Writer in Residence at the University of Minnesota, and was a recipient of the Knapp Chair in Humanities at the University of San Diego. Among other awards, Benitez has won a McKnight Award of Distinction in Fiction as well as a Bush Fellowship and the 2004 National Hispanic Heritage Award Honoree for Literature. In addition, Hispanic Business Magazine listed Benitez as one of the 100 Influential Hispanics of 2004. Benitez lives with her husband in Edina, Minnesota. 

Web Resources

The Official Sandra Benitez Website
El Paso Times Review
The Western Front Review
Author! Author! Online Interview
VG: Voices from the Gaps