READING: VISITING WRITERS ADRIENNE SU AND LYDIA PEELLE
SATURDAY, MARCH 21, 6:30 PM
Adrienne Su is the author of four books of poems, Middle Kingdom (1997), Sanctuary (2006), Having None of It (2009), and Living Quarters (2015). Recipient of an NEA fellowship, she is poet-in-residence at Dickinson College, in central Pennsylvania, where she has taught creative writing since 2000. She is completing her fifth collection, Peach State, which focuses on Chinese Americans in Atlanta, largely during the 1970s and 1980s, with food as a central metaphor. Poems from it have appeared in journals including 32 Poems, The American Journal of Poetry, Bennington Review, New England Review, The New Yorker, Poetry, and the Academy of American Poets' Poem-a-Day series.
Lydia Peelle is the Whiting Award- winning author of the novel The Midnight Cool and the story collection Reasons For and Advantages of Breathing, which was a New York Times Book Review Critics' Choice book and received an honorable mention for the PEN/Hemingway Award. She earned her MFA from the University of Virginia and has been a fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Ucross, Yaddo, and Ragdale. Peelle is a recipient of two Pushcart Prizes, an O. Henry Prize, the National Book Foundation's "5 Under 35" honor, and the Anahid Award for Armenian-American writers. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee. The Midnight Cool is her first novel.