For release: February 14, 2011
For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey, 901/678-2843
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 901-678-4692.