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Dorothy Allison Will Be River City Writers Series Guest March 2-3

For release: February 14, 2011
For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey, 901/678-2843

Dorothy Allison
Dorothy Allison
The University of Memphis’ River City Writers Series will welcome bestselling author Dorothy Allison for two events Wednesday and Thursday, March 2 and 3. She will read from her work March 2 at 8 p.m. in the University Center Bluff Room, and she will conduct an interview March 3 at 10:30 a.m. in Patterson Hall, Room 456. Both events are free and open to the public.

Allison grew up in Greenville, S.C., the daughter of a 15-year-old unwed mother. She fictionalized her childhood in the novel Bastard Out of Carolina. It was a finalist for the National Book Award, won an American Library Association Award for Gay and Lesbian Writing, and was made into a film.

Cavedweller was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and was also made into a movie. Her stories have also been included in Best American Short Stories and New Stories From the South: The Year’s Best.

Allison has served as writer-in-residence at Davidson College in North Carolina and at Columbia College in Chicago, and as distinguished visiting professor at Emory University. In 2007 she received the Robert Penn Warren Award for Fiction. Her latest novel, She Who, is forthcoming.

The River City Writers Series is sponsored by the Writing Program, the Creative Writing Club, the Department of English, the Hohenberg Foundation, Student Event Allocation, the Fellowship of Southern Writers, P.A.U.S.E. (Professional Assertive United Sisters of Excellence), and Stonewall Tigers.

RCWS is the longest-running reading series in the nation, serving the U of M and the community since 1977.

For more information, email creativewriting@memphis.edu  or call 901-678-4692.
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