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Current U.S. Poet Laureate Among Featured Authors at Rollins College in 2010 Authors announced for 70th Winter With the Writers, A Festival of the Literary Arts

November 16, 2009

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Current U.S. Poet Laureate Among Featured Authors at Rollins College in 2010 Authors announced for 70th Winter With the Writers, A Festival of the Literary Arts

Winter Park, Fla. (2009) – Some of the best writers from across the United States will take part in the 2010 Winter With the Writers, A Festival of the Literary Arts. In keeping with Rollins College's long-standing commitment to contemporary literature, the 2010 season features a diverse mix of the country's most respected authors, including the current U. S. Poet Laureate.

This is the 70th year that Rollins College will present its award-winning visiting authors series, which brings renowned writers to campus to share their work and expertise with students and the community. Carol Frost, an award-winning poet and Rollins Theodore Bruce and Barbara Alfond Professor of English, will direct the festival for the second time. Winter With the Writers will be held four consecutive Thursdays, beginning the last week in January. Events will include master classes at 4 p.m. and readings, on-stage interviews and book signings at 8 p.m.

"Winter With the Writers brings the work of four celebrated writers to Central Florida,” said Frost. “The appeal of this year’s festival is the range of style and imagination. From novels to nonfiction and poetry, the readings promise to be riveting.”

The series will kick off Thursday, Jan. 21 with award-winning novelist Andrea Barrett. Barrett’s book of stories Servants of the Map was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2003, and its title story was selected for Best American Stories 2001 and Prize Stories 2001: The O. Henry Awards.

She received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 1992 and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1997. She won the National Book Award for Fiction in 1996 for her first short story collection Ship Fever. In 2001, Barrett was awarded a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (also called the Genius Award) and in 2003, she received the Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She has also been a fellow at the Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library. Barrett teaches at Williams College and in the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers.

Currently serving as the 16th U.S. Poet Laureate, Kay Ryan will speak at Rollins on Jan. 28. Ryan succeeded Charles Simic as the U.S. Poet Laureate in July 2008. She was appointed for a one-year term, but was asked to serve a second one-year term extending through May 2010.

Ryan has written six books of poetry, plus a limited edition artist’s book, along with a number of essays. Her awards include:  a Gold Medal for poetry in 2005 from the San Francisco Commonwealth Club; the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize from The Poetry Foundation in 2004; a Guggenheim fellowship in 2004; a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and Maurice English Poetry Award in 2001; the Union League Poetry Prize in 2000, and an Ingram Merrill Foundation Award in 1995. She has been the recipient of four Pushcart Prizes and was selected four different years for inclusion in the annual volumes of the Best American Poetry. Her poems have been widely reprinted and internationally anthologized. Since 2006, she has been a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.

Pushcart Prize winner Andre Dubus III will visit Rollins on Thursday, Feb. 4. The American writer is best known for his novel House of Sand and Fog, which was a National Book Award finalist in 1999 and was adapted for a 2003 film of the same title starring Ben Kingsley and Jennifer Connelly.

Dubus' work was awarded a Pushcart Prize and the 1985 National Magazine Award for Fiction. It has also been included in The One Hundred Most Distinguished Stories of 1993 and The Best American Short Stories of 1994. He was one of three finalists for the 1994 Prix de Rome given by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Dubus is on the adjunct faculty at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, where he teaches general writing, fiction, and directed study courses.

On Thursday, Feb. 11, the series will conclude with Barry Lopez. Lopez received the National Book Award for his non-fiction book Arctic Dreams. Among his other non-fiction works are About This Life, and Of Wolves and Men, which was a National Book Award finalist. He is also the author of several award-winning works of fiction, including Field Notes, Winter Count, and a novella-length fable, Crow and Weasel.

His recent work includes Light Action in the Caribbean, a collection of stories, and Resistance, a book of interrelated stories. He selected and introduced a collection of essays called The Future of Nature, and he is the co-editor with Debra Gwartney of Home Ground: Language for an American Landscape, a landmark work of language, geography and folklore. He is currently working on a new book, tentatively titled Horizon.

Master classes, readings and discussions are free and open to the public. Master classes will be held in the Bush Auditorium and author readings and interviews will be held in the Tiedtke Concert Hall. Guests are encouraged to arrive early for the 8 p.m. readings, as seating is limited. For more information, visit the Winter With the Writers Web site at or call 407-646-2666.

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