American Book Review announces five authors for Spring Reading Series at UHV
The University of Houston-Victoria/American Book Review Spring Reading Series will feature five authors, ranging from one of the foremost American critics of contemporary poetry to one of the leading voices to emerge from the Chicana experience.
“The speakers we have lined up for the spring semester are nationally recognized writers who are eager to share their vast knowledge with community members and our UHV students, faculty and staff,” ABR Managing Editor Charles Alcorn said.
Poetry critic and author Marjorie Perloff will be the first speaker in the Spring Reading Series on Jan. 22. She is a professor emerita at Stanford University and is the former president of the Modern Language Association. She has spent the last semester lecturing at Oxford University. Perloff is the author of 18 books, including “Differentials: Poetry, Poetics, Pedagogy,” which won the Robert Penn Warren Prize for literary criticism in 2005.
Her free talk, “Unoriginal Genius: New Directions in Poetry,” will begin at noon in the Alcorn Auditorium of UHV’s University West building, 3007 N. Ben Wilson. The public is invited to attend, and light refreshments will be served.
The Spring Reading Series will end on April 30 with a visit from celebrated poet, novelist, short story writer and essayist Ana Castillo. Renowned Chicano author Rudolfo Anaya has referred to Castillo as “one of our finest Chicana novelists.”
Castillo has published numerous books, including “The Mixquiahuala Letters,” for which she received the Before Columbia Foundation’s American Book Award in 1987. Her most recent work, “The Guardians: A Novel,” was published in 2007 and tracks the lives of Mexicans who illegally cross to the U.S. to work.
Other writers scheduled during the UHV/ABR Spring Reading Series:
“The spring semester will feature a world-class group of distinguished authors who are regularly reviewed in the pages of the American Book Review,” said Jeffrey Di Leo, ABR editor/publisher and dean of the UHV School of Arts & Sciences. “The authors are excited to participate in the UHV/ABR Reading Series because word has gotten out about the warm welcome writers receive on their visits to Victoria.”
While in Victoria, the reading series authors will attend roundtable discussions with UHV faculty and students, make classroom visits to area schools, give lectures open to the community, and go to receptions hosted by Friends of ABR patrons. Past speakers have included Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David M. Oshinsky, author and Iranian refugee Farnoosh Moshiri, Mexican American author Dagoberto Gilb and American Book Award recipient Graciela Limon.
“The reading series and the American Book Review add so much to the community, and I am honored to have them based at the university,” UHV President Tim Hudson said. “I encourage everyone to listen to and meet these inspiring authors.”
ABR is a nonprofit, internationally distributed literary journal that is published six times a year. It began in 1977, moved to UHV in 2007 and now has a circulation of about 8,000. The journal specializes in reviews of works published by small presses.
For more information about the UHV/ABR Reading Series, call Alcorn at 361-570-4100 or go to www.americanbookreview.org.
The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region since 1973 in Victoria, Texas, offers courses leading to more than 80 academic programs in the schools of Arts & Sciences; Business Administration; and Education, Health Professions & Human Development. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus, as well as an instructional site in Katy, Texas, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. UHV supports the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Opportunities for All initiative to increase awareness about state colleges and universities and the important role they have in providing a high-quality and accessible education to an increasingly diverse student population, as well as contributing to regional and state economic development.