January 31st 2013 Lecture/Reading
Time 8:00 pm
Admissions / Ticket information Free and open to the public.
Campus UM
Location Memorial Hall
Title UMass Amherst MFA Program for Poets and Writers presents: Emily Barton & Melanie Rae Thon
Emily Barton is the author of two novels, Brookland and The Testament of Yves Gundron, both named New York Times Notable Books of the Year. She has received grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Sustainable Arts Foundation; she has also been awarded the Bard Fiction Prize and a residency at Yaddo. Barton lives in Kingston, NY.

Rae Thon's most recent books are the novel The Voice of the River and In This Light: New and Selected Stories. She is also the author of the novels Sweet Hearts, Meteors in August, Iona Moon, and the story collections First, Body and Girls in the Grass. Thonís work has been included in the Best American Short Stories, Pushcart Prize, and O. Henry Prize anthologies. She is a recipient of a Whiting Writer's Award, two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and a Writer's Residency from the Lannan Foundation. Thon lives in Salt Lake City.

For nearly fifty years, the Visiting Writers Series has brought outstanding, renowned and emerging poets and writers to the university campus for public readings of new work. Information about past readers can be found at the Visiting Writers Series website: http://www.umass.edu/english/MFA_VWS.htm

The VWS is sponsored by the MFA Program for Poets and Writers and the Juniper Initiative, and made possible with support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the University of Massachusetts Arts Council, the Vice Provost of Research & Engagement, the College of Humanities & Fine Arts,
and the English Department.

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