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Readings from returning Alumni

A graduate with High Honors in English Literature from Swarthmore, Patricia Park '03 will be returning for a reading from her debut novel Re Jane, a Korean-American retelling of Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre set in NYC and Seoul. Thursday, September 24, 2015. Mc Cabe, 7:30 PM; reception following at the Intercultural Center.

A reading by the novelist Erika Johansen '99.  Ms. Johansen will also judge and announce the winners of the William Plumer Potter fiction writers' contest for 2016.  Ms. Johansen is the author of The Queen of the Tearling and The Invasion of the Tearling.  Wednesday, March 30, 2016.

A reading by poet and word-based artist Sam Taylor '97 whose practice ranges from traditional and experimental poem-making to work that marries poetic craft with contemporary art.  He is the author of two books of poems, Body of the World and Nude Descending an Empire, and the recipient of the 2014-2015 Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship.  Mr. Taylor will also judge and announce the winners of the Morrell and Hayes poetry contests for 2016.  Date: TBA.

Ariana Nadia Nash '06 awarded the Morrell and Hayes poetry prizes and read from her own work.  She is the author of the poetry collection Instructions for Preparing Your Skin (Anhinga Press, 2013), which won the 2011 Philip Levine Prize for Poetry. She has also published the chapbook Our Blood Is Singing (Damask Press, 2012). She has won a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prize and been a finalist for the Benjamin Saltman Award and an Edes Prize. Her work can be found in Rock & SlingPoet LorePainted Bride QuarterlyCimarron Review, and Belleville Park Pages, among other journals. 

Maya Lang '00 awarded the prizes for the 2015 Potter Awards for fiction and read from her own work.  Maya Lang's debut novel, The Sixteenth of June (Scribner), was long listed for the 2014 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize. She was awarded a Bread Loaf-Rona Jaffe Foundation Scholarship in Fiction, and was a finalist for Glimmer Train's Short Story Award for New Writers.