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Thursday, October 16, 2008

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ARLINGTON - Three internationally renowned authors will be part of the 2008-09 Festival of Ideas program at The University of Texas at Arlington. Poet and fiction writer Kim Addonizio, fiction writer Ben Marcus and poet Tim Seibles will participate in a roundtable discussion regarding creative writing at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, in the sixth floor parlor of the Central Library, 702 Planetarium Place. Moderated by Tim Richardson of the Department of English, the discussion is free and open to the public and will include questions from the audience.

Festival of Ideas is a program that highlights active engagement and rapport between audiences and presenters at selected UT Arlington events, encouraging greater participation between the University community and the greater Fort Worth-Dallas area. In its third season, the Festival of Ideas is supported by the College of Liberal Arts and alumnus Mustaque Ahmed.

This roundtable discussion is part of a two-day program titled “Creative Writing & the Academy,” an event of the 2008 Hermanns Lecture Series, sponsored by the English department. See the English department’s web site at: www.uta.edu/english/ or contact Laura Kopchick, (817) 272-2493 for more information about the lecture series. Contact Christy Crytzer at c_crytzer@yahoo.com or (615) 715-9344 for more information about the Festival of Ideas.

Biographies

Kim Addonizio, poet and fiction writer, is the author of three books of poetry from BOA Editions: “The Philosopher's Club,” “Jimmy & Rita” and “Tell Me,” which was a finalist for the 2000 National Book Award. Her latest collection, “What Is This Thing Called Love,” was published by W.W. Norton in January 2004. Addonizio’s first novel, “Little Beauties,” was published by Simon & Schuster in August 2005, and her newest novel, “My Dreams Out in the Street,” has just been published by Simon & Schuster.

Addonizio’s awards include two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Pushcart Prize, a Commonwealth Club Poetry Medal and the John Ciardi Lifetime Achievement Award. Her poetry and fiction have appeared widely in anthologies and literary journals including Alaska Quarterly Review, American Poetry Review, Chick-Lit, Dick for a Day, Gettysburg Review, Paris Review, Penthouse, Poetry and Three penny Review. She teaches private workshops in Oakland, CA.

Ben Marcus, fiction writer, received a bachelor’s degree from New York University and a master of fine arts degree from Brown University. He is the author of three books of fiction: “Notable American Women,” “The Father Costume” and “The Age of Wire and String.” His anthology, “The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories,” was published in August 2004.  Marcus also collaborated with painter Terry Winters on “Turbulence Skins,” which was shown in 2004. His fiction, essays and reviews have appeared in Harper's, The Paris Review, The Believer, Salon, McSweeney's, Time, The Village Voice,Poetry and BOMB, among others.

Marcus has received a National Endowment for the Arts Award, three Pushcart Prizes, a fellowship from the Howard Foundation, and a Whiting Writer's Award, among others. He is currently an associate professor and chair of the creative writing program at Columbia University and lives in New York City with his wife, writer Heidi Julavits.

Tim Seibles, poet, is the author of six collections of poetry, most recently “Buffalo Head Solos” (Cleveland State, 2004). His poems are noted for addressing subjects as varied as basketball, sex, race and American popular culture – including poems portraying the inner lives of cartoon characters such as Boris and Natasha and the Coyote and Road Runner.

A National Endowment for the Arts grant recipient, Seibles is a member of the creative writing faculty at Old Dominion University. He has numerous connections to North Texas, having lived and taught high school in Dallas for more than 10 years. Throughout his stay in Dallas,  Seibles achieved a devoted local following that often brings him back to the area.

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