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Major Jackson & Norman Rush
Wednesday, April 6, 2011 at 4:30 PM

All readings will take place at 4:30 p.m. in the James M. Stewart '32 Theater at the Lewis Center for the Arts, 185 Nassau Street (unless otherwise noted) and are free and open to the public.

(Princeton, NJ) Poet Major Jackson and novelist Norman Rush will read at the Lewis Center for the Arts on Wednesday, April 6. The readings begin at 4:30 p.m. in the James M. Stewart '32 Theater at the Lewis Center for the Arts at 185 Nassau Street, Princeton. The readings are free and open to the public.

Major Jackson by Erin Patrice O'Brien
Photo by Erin Patrice O'Brien

Major Jackson is the author of three collections of poetry: Holding Company (W.W. Norton, 2010) and Hoops (W.W. Norton, 2006), both finalists for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literature-Poetry, and Leaving Saturn (University of Georgia, 2002), winner of the 2001 Cave Canem Poetry Prize and finalist for a National Book Critics Award Circle. His poems have been published in literary journals and magazines including The New Yorker, The American Poetry Review, Callaloo, Poetry, and Tin House. His poetry has received critical attention in The Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor, Parnassus, Philadelphia Inquirer, and on National Public Radio's All Things Considered. Poems by Major Jackson are included in The Best American Poetry 2004 (Scribner, 2004), The Pushcart Prize XXIX: Best of the Small Presses (W.W. Norton & Company, 2004), From the Fishouse (Persea Books, 2009), and The Word Exchange: Anglo-Saxon Poems in Translation (W.W. Norton & Company, 2010). "Jackson knows the truth of black magic. It is a magic as simple as the belief in humanity that subverts racism, or the esoteric and mystical magic of making jazz, the music of hope and love," said Aafa Weaver.

Norman Rush - Photo by Miranda Rush
Photo by Miranda Rush

American novelist Norman Rush is best known for his introspective novels and short stories set in Botswana in the 1980s. Rush and his wife Elsa worked as co-workers for the Peace Corps in Botswana from 1978 to 1983, which provided material for a collection of short stories he published as Whites in 1986, and for which he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His Botswana experience was also used in his first novel, Mating, which won a National Book Award for fiction in 1991, and in his second novel, Mortals. He was the recipient of the 1991 National Book Award and the 1992 Irish Times/Aer Lingus International Fiction Prize for his novel Mating, which the Chicago Tribune Books calls "A complex and moving love story...breathtaking in its cunningly intertwined intellectual sweep and brio" and The New York Times Book Review described as "Exhilarating . . . vigorous and luminous. . . . Few books evoke so eloquently the state of love at its apogee."

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. Readings take place on select Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m. in the James M. Stewart '32 Theater at the Lewis Center for the Arts at 185 Nassau Street, Princeton.

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