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La Sociedad para las Artes' visiting writers series begins Feb. 2

Several best-selling authors will be featured in New Mexico State University's La Sociedad para las Artes spring 2001 Visiting Writers Series.

The series begins Feb. 2 with poet and novelist Laura Kasischke and NMSU graduate student Annmarie Borucki. The reading will be held at 7:30 p.m. in NMSU's Hardman Hall Room 106.

Kasischke is the author of three collections of poems, "Fire & Flower," "Housekeeping in a Dream," and "Wild Brides," and a new novel, "White Bird in a Blizzard." She has received several awards for her writing, including the Beatrice Hawley Award and the Bobst Award for Emerging Writers.

Borucki is a graduate poetry student who will read from her thesis. She is the winner of two Joe Somoza/Keith Wilson Poetry Prizes, which are sponsored by NMSU's English department.

Jean Thompson, who will be featured Feb. 16, is the author of "Who Do You Love: Stories," which was nominated for the 2000 National Book Award. Thompson's work has appeared in several national magazines including The New Yorker and Mademoiselle. The author is a professor of English at the University of Illinois.

The March 2 reading will feature international best-selling author Jane Hamilton. Hamilton's first novel, "The Book of Ruth," won the PEN/Ernest Hemingway Foundation Award for best first novel and was a selection of the Oprah Book Club. Hamilton also wrote the international best-selling novel "A Map of the World," and the novel "Disobedience."

Edward Hirsch, who teaches creative writing at the University of Houston, will be featured on April 27. His books include "For the Sleepwalkers" and "Wild Gratitude," which won the National Book Critics Circle Award. His work has appeared in The New Yorker and Double Take. He is a recipient of an Ingram Merrill Award and a Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Also coming to NMSU this spring is renowned writer N. Scott Momaday. His visit is being sponsored by the University Speakers Series.

Momaday, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "House Made of Dawn," will speak at 7 p.m. on March 14 at NMSU's Pan American Center. The subject of his lecture will be "Native American Oral Tradition: The Stories and Storytellers."

For more information about the Visiting Writers Series contact NMSU's English department at (505) 646-3931.

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Ivan Chavez
Jan. 26, 2001