THE MAKING OF A WRITER
Saturday, April 4, 2009 2:00 PM
Old Chemistry 116
Duke grads talk about pursuing careers in fiction and poetry. Panelists Adam Eaglin (’08), Rhett Iseman Trull (’99), and Farley Urmston (’96). Moderated by creative writing instructor Tony Tost.
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All Aboard: A reading by Joe Ashby Porter
Tuesday, April 7, 2009 7:00 PM
Perkins Library Rare Book Room
Novelist, short story writer, and Professor of English and Theater Studies at Duke University Joe Ashby Porter reads from his new book of short stories “All Aboard.” Book signing and light reception to follow.
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About the Festival’s Featured Authors
Rhett Iseman Trull (Trinity ’99) received her B.A. from Duke University and her MFA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she was a Randall Jarrell Fellow. Her first book of poetry, The Real Warnings, won the 2008 Anhinga Prize and will be published by Anhinga Press in fall 2009. Her poems and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in The American Poetry Review, Best New Poets 2008, The Georgetown Review, Prairie Schooner, The Southern Review, and elsewhere. She has received awards from the Academy of American Poets and the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Foundation. Rhett lives in Greensboro, NC, where she and her husband edit the poetry journal, Cave Wall (www.cavewallpress.com).
Adam Eaglin grew up in Summerfield, N.C., and then headed down the road to Duke, where he studied English as a B.N. Duke Scholar. He is currently finishing an MFA in poetry at Boston University. While at Duke, his poetry appeared in campus journals, and he also has poetry forthcoming in Gulf Coast. In Boston, he interns with The Atlantic’s poetry editor and misses the warm N.C. weather.
Farley Urmston graduated from Duke with a BA in history in 1996. Since then she has done many things, most of which have nothing (or everything) to do with fiction writing. She has been a research analyst at a big hospital, a dot-com copywriter, a writer for Money magazine, Vermont Life, and the Choose Your Own Adventure book series. Briefly, she was the tour manager for her brother’s band. Currently, she is working towards an MFA in fiction at Boston University. She lives outside of Boston with her three-year-old son, Oscar.
Joe Ashby Porter is the author of the novels “Eelgrass,” “Resident Aliens,” and “The Near Future,” and four books of short stories, “All Aboard,” “Lithuania,” “The Kentucky Stories,” and “Touch Wood”–the last two Pulitizer Prize nominees. His fiction has appeared in Best American Short Stories and in the annual anthology The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses. “No writer of his gifted generation has shown greater daring or has earned higher praise.”–Porter’s 2004 Academy Award of Arts and Letters citation.