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Writer-in-Residence: Bonnie Jo Campbell

Aug 04 2010 Published by Barely South Review under Events,Program News

Bonnie Jo Campbell

Credit: John Campbell

Bonnie Jo Campbell, the ODU MFA Creative Writing Program’s Fall 2010 writer-in-residence, will spend two weeks at Old Dominion early in the semester. Campbell’s short-story collection, American Salvage, was a finalist for the 2009 National Book Award in fiction, and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle award in fiction. While on campus, Campbell will work with students in the creative-writing program, give a talk on craft, and give a reading.

Bonnie Jo Campbell’s general schedule is as follows:

September 27 –October 4:
- Writer in Residence will meet in individual tutorials with ODU MFA Creative Writing students
- Craft Talk (open to the ODU community and general public)–Anecdotes: The Littlest Stories–(12:00 nn – 1:00 pm Wednesday, 29 September, Charles Burgess Room(BAL 9024), 9th floor BAL, ODU main campus)
- Reading at the 33rd Annual ODU Literary Festival: Monday 4 October, 2:00 pm at the ODU Village Bookstore (45th St. corner Monarch Way)

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Blake Bailey to teach courses in ODU MFA Creative Writing Program this fall

Aug 03 2010 Published by Barely South Review under Program News

Blake Bailey won one of seven prestigious awards for literature in 2010 from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His book Cheever: a Life won the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award, the Francis Parkman Prize, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. Blake will be teaching courses in fall 2010 for the MFA Creative Writing Program at ODU.

Bailey, a literary biographer, has also written a well-received biography of Richard Yates (A Tragic Honesty: The Life and Work of Richard Yates), as well as a series of articles for Slate about the loss of his home and possessions in hurricane Katrina. He and his family now make their home in Norfolk.

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