The Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program will continue its Spring 2015 Writers in Camden series on Wednesday, February 11th, with readings by authors Mitchell S. Jackson and Tiphanie Yanique.
Mr. Jackson’s debut novel The Residue Years was praised by publications including The New York Times,The Paris Review, The Times of London, and The Sydney Morning Herald. The novel was honored with the Ernest Gaines Award for Literary Excellence and was a finalist for the Center for Fiction’s Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, the PEN/Hemingway Award for First Fiction, and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. Jackson has received fellowships from the Lannan Foundation, The Center for Fiction, and the Urban Artist Initiative. He teaches writing at New York University and Columbia University.
Ms. Yanique is the author of the short story collection, How to Escape from a Leper Colony, published by Graywolf Press, and the novel Land of Love and Drowning, which is currently a finalist for the Center for Fictions first novel award. In 2014, BookPage listed her as one of the fourteen women to watch out for. Her writing has won the 2011 BOCAS Prize for Caribbean Fiction, Boston Review Prize in Fiction, a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers Award, a Pushcart Prize, a Fulbright Scholarship and an Academy of American Poets Prize. She has been listed by the Boston Globe as one of sixteen cultural figures to watch out for and by the National Book Foundation as one of the 5 Under 35. Her writing has been published in Best African American Fiction, The Wall Street Journal, American Short Fiction and other places. Tiphanie is from the Virgin Islands and is a professor in the MFA program at the New School in New York City.
The event will begin at 7 p.m. in the Stedman Gallery, located in the Fine Arts Building. All readings, which are free and open to the public, are followed by a question and answer session and reception with the authors.
The Writers in Camden series is sponsored by the MFA in Creative Writing Program, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Art Works.