Writer Dorothy Allison at MHC April 18

Posted: March 27, 2007

Updated: April 24, 2007 - Listen to the audio from the event

Dorothy Allison, winner of the 2007 Robert Penn Warren Award for fiction and author of several prizewinning books, including Bastard Out of Carolina (1992), Cavedweller (1998), and Trash (2002), will make two appearances at Mount Holyoke on Wednesday, April 18. In the afternoon she will participate in an informal discussion with students titled "Leading the Writing Life" from 4:15 to 5:15 pm. In the evening she will give a lecture titled "Writers and Stories: Between the Imagination and the Page Is the World" at 7:30 pm in Gamble Auditorium.

The afternoon session is sponsored by the Weissman Center for Leadership and the Liberal Arts as part of its ongoing series providing students with opportunities to engage directly with accomplished public figures. Students will be able to talk with Allison about topics such as the writing life, the power of the public voice, and bearing witness. Space is limited for this event; preregistration is required. For details, see below.

The following evening, April 19, at 7:30 pm, Allison will give a lecture at John M. Greene Hall, Smith College, titled "Giving Voice to the Unspeakable." Preceding the lecture will be a brief performance by the outreach arm of Voices from Inside, a program that brings the words of women who have been incarcerated into the larger community.

A talkback and book signing will follow both the Mount Holyoke and Smith events.

Simone Weil Davis, visiting associate professor of English, who helped organize the events, said of Allison: "She is rightly renowned for raw, gorgeous, unforgettable writing about her South Carolina community of origin, about class and crossing class lines, about surviving violence, and the politics and generative pleasure of both sexual freedom and freedom of expression."

Allison's visit to Mount Holyoke is sponsored by the Inclusiveness Initiative Fund of the Multicultural Community and College Life Committee, the Weissman Center for Leadership and the Liberal Arts, the Department of English, the American Studies program, and the Gender Studies program. The Smith event is sponsored by Smith Association of Class Activism. Other Smith funders include Spectrum, the Program for the Study of Women and Gender at Smith College, and the Smith College Resource Center for Gender and Sexuality.

For more information and to preregister for "Leading the Writing Life," contact Pat Scigliano or call the Weissman Center at x3071.

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