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Two Rising Writers Open 2013-14 Althea Ward Clark W’21 Reading Series
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 4:30 p.m.
Berlind Theatre, McCarter Theatre Center

Two writers selected as the Lewis Center for the Arts’ 2013-2014 Hodder Fellows will read on Wednesday, September 25 at 4:30 p.m. in the Berlind Theatre at McCarter Theatre Center.  Poet Katy Didden and fiction writer Adam Ross will begin their ten-month residencies at the Lewis Center by opening the Program in Creative Writing’s 2013-2014 Althea Ward Clark W’21 Reading Series, which is free and open to the public.

“The Hodder Fellowships are awarded to men and women during that crucial period in their careers when they have demonstrated exceptional promise, but not yet received widespread recognition,” notes Lewis Center Chair Michael Cadden. “It’s become a tradition to launch our Hodder writers by having them share their work with the community.  Our audiences invariably come away from this reading with the feeling that the future of literature in in good hands.”

In addition to Didden and Ross, filmmaker Chinonye Chukwu and choreographer Pam Tanowitz have also been chosen as Hodder Fellows for the 2013-2014 academic year.  These latter two fellows will be featured later in the Lewis Center’s 2013-14 season.

Poet Katy DiddenDidden’s first book, The Glacier’s Wake, won the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Prize from Pleiades Press and was published earlier this year. Her poems have appeared in journals such as Bat City Review, The Kenyon Review, Image, Smartish Pace, and Poetry.  Following her undergraduate studies, Didden worked in L’Arche communities for people with disabilities in Seattle and Paris before going on to earn an M.F.A. from the University of Maryland, and a Ph.D. in English and Creative Writing from the University of Missouri. During her fellowship, Didden plans to complete a chapbook of poems, The Lava on Iceland, and to continue writing poems for a new book.

Fiction Writer Adam RossRoss's debut novel Mr. Peanut, a 2010 New York Times Notable Book, was also named one of the best books of the year by The New Yorker, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The New Republic, and The Economist.  Ladies and Gentlemen, his story collection, was one of Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2011 and included "In the Basement," a finalist for the BBC's International Story Award.  His non­fiction has been featured in The Nashville Scene, The New York Times Book Review, The Daily Beast, Tin House, and The Wall Street Journal.  His fiction has appeared in The Carolina Quarterly and FiveChapters.  During his fellowship year, Ross will be working on a new novel about a very bad year in the life of a child actor.

The Lewis Center’s Program in Creative Writing annually presents the Althea Ward Clark W’21 Reading Series, which provides an opportunity for students, as well as all in the greater Princeton region, to hear and meet the best writers of contemporary poetry and fiction.  All readings are free and open to the public and take place on select Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m. at the Berlind Theatre at McCarter Theatre Center.  Other readings scheduled in the 2013-2014 series include:

  • Geoff Dyer and Richard Blanco on October 16
  • Jamaica Kincaid and David Ferry on November 13
  • Denise Duhamel and Teju Cole on February 12
  • Dana Levin and Claire Vaye Watkins on March 12
  • D.A. Powell and Ann Beattie on April 16

Readings of student work will also be scheduled as part of the series.

Link to photos:
Photo caption:    Lewis Center for the Arts’ 2013-14 Hodder Fellows, poet Katy Didden and fiction writer Adam Ross, open the Althea Ward Clark W’21 Reading Series on September 25
Photo credits:  Photo of Katy Didden by Jason Reblando; photo of Adam Ross by Eric England

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