SPRING 2019 Visiting Authors
Joyce Carol Oates
In residence on our campuses February 17-20, 2019
Public reading Tuesday, February 19, 7:00 PM in Escher Auditorium, The Benedicta Arts Center
Campus Fac/Staff $ 5
CSB/SJU Students Free
Joyce Carol Oates is a National Book Award-Winning novelist, poet, playwright and essayist. Writing in The Nation, critic Henry Louis Gates Jr. said, “A future archeologist equipped only with her oeuvre could easily piece together the whole of postwar America.”
Best known for her fiction, Oates’ novels include Them, which won the National Book Award; Blonde, a bold reimagining of the inner life of Marilyn Monroe; The Falls, which won the France’s Prix Femina; The Gravedigger’s Daughter and Little Bird of Heaven, each set in upstate New York; and We Were the Mulvaneys, which follows the disintegration of an American family and which became a bestseller after being selected by Oprah’s Book Club. Since 1963, over forty of Oates’s books have been included on the New York Times list of notable books of the year.
She is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2010, President Obama awarded her the National Humanities Medal.
In Residence March 24-27, 2019
Documentary viewing March 25 at 7:00 PM and a Poetry Reading March 26 at 7:00 PM, Upper Gorecki
Spencer Reece is an ordained Episcopalian priest and currently works as a chaplain in Spain. His first poetry book, The Clerk’s Tale (2004), was chosen for the Bakeless Poetry Prize by Louise Glück, and later adapted into a short film produced by James Franco. His poetry collection, The Road to Emmaus (2013), was nominated for the National Book Award. Reece has received numerous fellowships, including from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Library of Congress. Reece received a grant from the Fulbright Foundation to fund his work of teaching poetry in a Honduran orphanage in 2012-2013, and compiled and published a book of his students’ poems: Counting Time Like People Count Stars: Poems by the Girls of Little Roses, San Pedro Sula, Honduras (2017). Reece’s experiences with these students was also filmed and produced into a documentary: Voices Beyond the Wall: Twelve Love Poems from the Murder Capital of the World.