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Fall Literary Festival

Terrance Hayes

Thursday, October 26, 6 p.m.

Terrance Hayes’ poetry explores identity, race, experience and  spirituality. He is the recipient  of numerous awards, including a MacArthur Foundation Genius Award, a National Book Award, and fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation. Earlier  this year, he was named poetry editor at The New York Times Magazine. He is a professor and co-director of the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics at the University of Pittsburgh.

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Richard Michelson

Tuesday, October 31, 6 p.m. 

Richard Michelson writes nonfiction for children and poetry for adults. His most recent children’s publications include The Language of Angels: A Story About the Reinvention  of Hebrew (2017) and Fascinating: The Life of Leonard Nimoy (2016). Both have won Junior Library Guild Gold Medals. Michelson is widely recognized as a captivating storyteller, and he has traveled the world talking to children and teachers about social justice and his love of poetry.

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Lydia Millet

Thursday, November 9, 6 p.m.

Lydia Millet’s eleven novels include My Happy Life (2002), winner of the PEN Center USA Award for Fiction. Her first short story collection, Love in Infant Monkeys, was a finalist for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize. A conservationist, Millet has credentials in environmental policy and creates fictional characters who are often faced with man-made climatic challenges. She is an editor at the Center for Biological Diversity, a nonprofit devoted to protecting endangered species.

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