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Winter readings have
a hometown twist

Date: Dec. 31, 2001
By: Marianne Kunnen-Jones
Phone: (513) 556-1826
Archive: Campus News

Prominent authors are nothing new for the University of Cincinnati's Elliston Foundation and English department reading series. This winter's series, however, puts an uncommon hometown spin on its acclaimed line-up, with three of the four writers boasting connections to Cincinnati.

A Pulitzer-Prize winning novelist who was born in Cincinnati, an acclaimed African American poet who was raised in Cincinnati and a poet who currently serves as a visiting professor of English at the University of Cincinnati will all be featured at the readings. The full roster includes four readings, all free and open to the public:

Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2002
Poetry reading with Margot Schilpp.
8 p.m., Elliston Room, Langsam Library
Schilpp serves as visiting professor of English at UC. Her first book, "The World's Last Night," was published by Carnegie-Mellon University Press earlier this year. She has taught at the University of Utah and Southern Illinois University and edited the journal Quarterly West for six years.

Friday, Feb. 22, 2002
Poetry reading with Rafael Campo
1 p.m., Elliston Room
Campo teaches and practices medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School. His volumes of poetry include "Diva" (Duke University Press, 1999), "What The Body Told" (Duke, 1996) and "The Other Man Was Me: A Voyage To The New World" (Arte Publico, 1993), which won a National Poetry Series award. He is also the author of "The Poetry Of Healing: A Doctor's Education In Empathy, Identity And Desire." His visit is co-sponsored by the Poetry Circuit of Ohio.

Friday, Feb. 22, 2002
Poetry reading with Nikki Giovanni
8 p.m., Zimmer Auditorium
Giovanni was raised in Cincinnati and has been a prolific African American poet for more than 30 years. She is the author of more than 14 books of poetry, including "Ego-Tripping" (Lawrence Hill, 1973), "The Women And The Men" (William Morrow, 1975), "Cotton Candy On A Rainy Day" (Morrow, 1978) and "Those Who Ride The Night Winds" (Morrow, 1983). Her most recent books of poems are "The Selected Poems Of Nikki Giovanni" (Morrow, 1996), "Love Poems" (Morrow, 1997) and "Blues: For All The Changes: New Poems" (Morrow, 1999). She has been named "Woman of the Year" by Ladies Home Journal, and she holds 13 honorary doctorate degrees. She is a professor of English at Virginia Polytechnic University.

Tuesday, March 5, 2002
Fiction reading with Michael Cunningham
8 p.m., Room 127, McMicken
A Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, Cunningham was born in Cincinnati in 1952. His most recent novel, "The Hours" (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1998), was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/ Faulkner Award for Fiction. It was also a finalist for the National Book Critics' Circle Award for fiction and was named a "Best Book of 1998" by the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune and Publishers Weekly. His two previous novels were "Flesh And Blood" (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1995) and "A Home At The End Of The World" (FS&G, 1990). He now lives in New York City.

For more information, call Jim Cummins, curator of UC's Elliston Poetry Collection and associate professor of English in the College of Arts and Sciences, at (513) 556-1570.

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