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Distinguished authors Pinckney Benedict and Brighde Mullins to read from worksMay 20, 2012 8:00 PM - 10:00 PMKetner Auditorium in the Sykes Learning Center
Instructors from Queens' MFA Program in Creative Writing will read from their works on Sunday, May 20 at 8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
Pinckney Benedict has published three collections of short fiction, Miracle Boy and Other Stories, Town Smokes and The Wrecking Yard, and a novel, Dogs of God. His stories have appeared in, among other magazines and anthologies, Esquire, Zoetrope All-Story, the O. Henry Award series, the New Stories from the South series, Ontario Review, the Pushcart Prize series, and The Oxford Book of American Short Stories. He is the recipient, among other prizes, of a Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Literary Fellowship from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts, a Michener Fellowship from the Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa, the Chicago Tribune's Nelson Algren Award, and Britain's Steinbeck Award. He has taught on the creative writing faculties at Oberlin College, Ohio State University, Princeton University, and Hollins University. He is a professor in the English Department at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois.
Brighde Mullins is the author of twelve plays that have been produced in London, New York, and San Francisco. Her plays include: The Bourgeois Pig, Water Stories from the Mojave Desert, Monkey in the Middle, Topographical Eden, Fire Eater, Pathological Venus, Meatless Friday, Baby Hades, and Teach. They have been produced at the Actors Centre in London; in New York at Ensemble Studio Theatre, Daedalus, LaMaMa, Mabou Mines, the Ensemble Studio Theatre, Lincoln Center Director's Lab, The Public's New Works Now, New York Stage and Film, The Women's Project and NYU. In San Francisco ,her work has been seen at The Magic and Thick Description, as well as the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, and around the country at the Humana Festival, Portland Stage and the Dallas Theatre Center. Her publications include Topographical Eden (in "International Theatre Forum"); Click in the Humana Anthology from TCG Press; a chapbook of poems "Water Stories"; and many anthologies, including Lucky Thirteen and The Best American Poetry. Awards include a Whiting Foundation Award, the Jane Chambers Award, the Will Glickman Award, an NEA Fellowship, and a 2012 Guggenheim Fellowship.
For more information on the readings or on the Queens MFA Program in Creative Writing, contact Melissa Bashor, MFA Coordinator, at 704-337-2499 or by e-mail at email@example.com.