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Visiting Author Series kicks off spring semester

Novelist Sue Miller will be the first writer featured in La Sociedad para las Artes' Spring 2002 Visiting Author Series Friday, Jan. 25. Fiction graduate student Bernadette Smyth will open the reading at 7:30 p.m. in New Mexico State University's Hardman Hall Room 106.



Novelist Sue Miller will be the first writer featured in La Sociedad para las Artes' Spring 2002 Visiting Author Series Friday, Jan. 25.

Miller is the author of five novels: "The Good Mother," "Family Pictures," "For Love," "The Distinguished Guest" and "While I Was Gone." "While I Was Gone" was named as a selection in Oprah's Book Club in May 2000.

Her short story collection, "Inventing the Abbotts," was adapted and released as a movie in 1997. In addition to her writing, Miller also serves as the chairperson of PEN New England. PEN (Poets/Playwrights, Essayists, Editors and Novelists) is a worldwide organization of writing professionals founded in 1921. Its mission is to advance the cause of literature and reading and to defend free expression.

For 22 years, La Sociedad para las Artes has brought well-known writers to Las Cruces for public readings of poetry, fiction and essays. The annual reading series offers students, faculty and the community the opportunity to experience fiction and poetry writers firsthand.

La Sociedad offers community service opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students at New Mexico State. Graduate students are frequently featured at the readings and read from their master's thesis before the featured author.

For more information about the Visiting Author Series, contact program coordinator Robert Boswell at (505) 646-1968.

Photo is available at http://kiernan.nmsu.edu/newsphoto/miller_sue.jpg.
CUTLINE: Novelist Sue Miller will be the first writer featured in La Sociedad para las Artes' Spring 2002 Visiting Author Series Friday, Jan. 25.

Erin Waldron
Jan. 14, 2002