University of South Alabama, Office of Public Relations
September 17, 2008
Contact: Renee Paul, Office of Public Relations, (251) 460-6640
Noted Authors to Speak at USA
The Stokes Center for Creative Writing and the University of South Alabama department of English will host a panel discussion, "Writing and the Media in the 21st Century," featuring noted authors Charles Bernstein, Marjorie Perloff, and Hank Lazer at 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 19 in the USA Library Auditorium.

The three authors will also read from their works during a special event at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20 in the Laidlaw Performing Arts Center Recital Hall. Both events are free and open to the public.

Charles Bernstein, the Donald T. Regan Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Pennsylvania, is the author of 40 books of poetry as well as books of essays and libretti. He is one of America's leading poets and co-founded of the Electronic Poetry Center and PennSound.  He is a fellow of the American Academy of the Arts and Sciences.

Marjorie Perloff is the former president of Modern Language Association, Sadie D. Patek Professor Emerita of Humanities at Stanford University, and chairholder at Stanford and Southern California. She is one of the leading literary critics in the United States and the leading critic/thinker about innovative writing. She held Guggenheim, National Endowment for the Humanities, and Huntington fellowships, and recently was named Honorary Foreign Professor at the Beijing Modern Languages University.  She will be reading from her acclaimed memoir, “The Vienna Paradox.”

Hank Lazer is Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Executive Director of the Creative Campus Initiative and professor of English. He is the author of 14 books of poetry as well as collections of essays. He is known for his collaborations with jazz musicians and painters and is currently working on a poetry-video installation project. With Charles Bernstein, he edits the Modern and Contemporary Poetics Series for the University of Alabama Press.

For further information about the Friday and Saturday events, contact Dr. Sue Walker at 460-6146 or 591-2922.

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