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Fall Literary Festival

Eliza Griswold

Thursday, October 9, 6 p.m.

Journalist and poet Eliza Griswold received a Guggenheim Fellowship for her ongoing reportage on water and poverty in America. Her first non-fiction book, The Tenth Parallel, was awarded the Anthony J. Lukas Prize and was a New York Times bestseller. Her work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker and The Atlantic, among many others. Her collection of articles and translations of Afghan folk poetry, I am the Beggar of the World, was published earlier this year by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, with a second collection of her poems to follow. 

Photo:  Guillermo Riveros

Ron Rash

Thursday, October 16, 6 p.m. 

A novelist, short story writer and poet, Ron Rash is the author of the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award finalist and New York Times bestselling novel Serena, in addition to four other prizewinning novels: The Cove, One Foot in Eden, Saints at the River, and The World Made Straight. He has published four collections of poems and five collections of stories, among them Burning Bright, which won the 2010 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award. Twice the recipient of the O. Henry Prize, he teaches at Western Carolina University.

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Tony Hoagland

Thursday, October 30, 6 p.m.

Poet Tony Hoagland’s work is a witty commentary on contemporary American life and culture. His work includes What Narcissism Means to Me, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in 2003; Donkey Gospel, which received the James Laughlin Award in 1998; and Sweet Ruin, winner of the 1992 Brittingham Prize in Poetry. His many awards include grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation’s 2005 Mark Twain Award in recognition of his contribution to humor in American poetry. He currently teaches at the University of Houston and Warren Wilson College.

Photo: Ann Snavely