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November 5, 2009

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John Edgar Wideman Writer's Voice Lecture

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Author John Edgar Wideman gave the 6th annual Brockport Writer’s Voice lecture last night (Wednesday, Nov. 4) at the Brockport MetroCenter.

A critically acclaimed writer who has won numerous literary awards, Wideman was the first author to win two International PEN/Faulkner Awards. He received his first in 1984 for Sent for You Yesterday and his second in 1990 for Philadelphia Fire. In 2000 he won the O. Henry Award for his short story "Weight", published in The Callaloo Journal.

An American Book Award for Fiction winner, MacArthur Fellow, and National Book Award finalist, Wideman has written 12 novels, 5 collections of short stories, and 3 memoirs, including the award-winning Brothers and Keepers. His most recent novel, Fanon, was published in 2008.

Following a welcome from President Halstead, Wideman was introduced by Writers Forum co-director Anne Panning.

Wideman read from his current work in progress, a novel about Louis and Mamie Till, the parents of Emmett Till, the black teenager murdered in Mississippi in 1955 and answered questions from the audience of more than 100.

Novelist Michael Parker is the next guest in the fall Writers Forum lecture series. He will speak on campus at 8 pm, Wed., Nov. 18 in the New York Room, Cooper Hall.

The Writer's Voice lecture and the spring Art of Fact Award lecture are both sponsored by M&T Bank.

All Writers Forum events are free and open to the public.

The College at Brockport, State University of New York
350 New Campus Drive * Brockport, New York 14420-2931
(585) 395-2754 * FAX (585) 395-2723 *

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