2011 - 12 Hodder Fellows
Wednesday, September 28, 2011 at 4:30 PM
Berlind Theatre, McCarter Theatre Center
The 2011-12 Hodder Fellows, poet Anthony Carelli and playwright Danai Gurira, will read at the Lewis Center for the Arts as part of the ongoing Althea Ward Clark W'21 reading series on Wednesday, September 28. The readings begin at 4:30 p.m. in the Berlind Theatre, McCarter Theatre Center, Princeton. The readings are free and open to the public.
Anthony Carelli was raised in Poynette, Wisconsin, and studied at the University of Wisconsin–Madison before completing an MFA in poetry at New York University. His poems have appeared in various magazines, including AGNI, Columbia, and the New Yorker. His first book of poems, Carnations, was published in spring of 2011 as part of the Princeton University Press series of contemporary poets. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, where he works at a savory pie shop.
Danai Gurira co-created and performed in the award-winning two-woman play In the Continuum, which premiered off-Broadway and toured the U.S. and Southern Africa . For her work on that production, Danai won a 2006 Obie Award, the 2006 Outer Critics John Gassner Award, and the 2004 Global Tolerance' Award (Friends of the United Nations), in addition to being honored by the Theatre Hall of Fame. In 2007, she received a Helen Hayes Award for Best Lead Actress in In the Continuum at Woolly Mammoth. Danai was most recently seen in the acclaimed film The Visitor (with Oscar-nominated actor Richard Jenkins) and on Broadway in Lincoln Center Theater's production of Joe Turner's Come and Gone. Her new play Eclipsed about Liberian women in war was recently produced at Woolly Mammoth, CTG's Kirk Douglass and Yale Repetory Theater. She is the recipient of '08 TCG New Generations travel grant for Eclipsed and has taught playwriting and acting in Liberia , Zimbabwe , and South Africa . She is currently developing a play about the current situation in Zimbabwe with the Royal Court in London and completing another Zimbabwean piece entitled The Convert. She received her MFA in acting from NYU. Danai was born in the U.S. to Zimbabwean parents and raised in Zimbabwe.
The Lewis Center's Program in Creative Writing is sponsoring the event as part of the ongoing Althea Ward Clark W'21 reading series, which provides an opportunity for students as well as all in the greater Princeton residential community to hear and meet the best writers of contemporary poetry and fiction. All readings are free and open to the public.