Announcement:

Rosellen Brown to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award
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ROSELLEN BROWN to RECEIVE CLHOF's FULLER AWARD

POETRY FOUNDATION, OCT. 6, 7 p.m.
RECEPTION TO FOLLOW
FREE and OPEN to the PUBLIC
CO-SPONSORED by GUILD LITERARY COMPLEX and POETRY FOUNDATION
Rosellen is the author of five novels, including Before and After, which has been translated into 23 languages and became a film starring Meryl Streep and Liam Neeson; three collections of poetry; a collection of stories; and a miscellany containing essays, stories and poetry. Her stories have appeared frequently in O. Henry Prize StoriesBest American Short Stories, and won Pushcart Prizes. “How to Win” is included in The Best Short Stories of the Century. She has been the recipient of awards from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters and the National Council on the Arts; fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Ingram Merrill Foundation, the Bunting Institute, the Howard Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center, and twice from the National Endowment for the Arts; one of Ms. Magazine’s 12 “Women of the Year” in 1984, the year Civil Wars won the Janet Kafka Prize for best novel by an American woman.  She has taught the last 18 years in the MFA in Writing Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
 
A lineup of speakers from the literary community includes: Carol AnshawSusan BielsteinLeah BienenJanet BurrowayBernardine DohrnReg GibbonsMarv HoffmanJohn KerseyAlex KotlowitzBritney LiptonMary SchmichDonna SeamanJudy Valente and Arne Weingart. These speakers will give tribute to Rosellen while illuminating her work’s depth and importance to Chicago and American letters.  
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Rabih Alameddine, 2016 CWA Spring Quarter Writer-in-Residence, has a new book out OCT 4 that is considered essential FALL READING by the HUFFINGTION POST.
alameddine angel book
 
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Writers in Residence

Spring Quarter 2017 Visiting Writer in Residence DRISS KSIKES teaching The Art of Playwriting

The Center for the Writing Arts is honored to have Driss Ksikes as the first Visiting-Writer-in-Residence to teach the ART OF PLAYWRITING.  

Driss Ksikes is professor at HEM Business School (Morocco) of media, culture and creative writing..Previously editor of TelQuel, he is since 2007 managing Director of the CESEM (HEM Business School’s research center) and editor of Economia, its main electronic review journal. Literary critic, he is playwright, novelist and essay writer, co-author of “Le métier d’intellectuel” (Presses de l’Université Citoyenne, Ed. En toutes lettres, 2014), for which he has been awarded Grand Atlas Prize in 2015. His theatre writings comprise Pas de mémoire, mémoire de pas (1998), Le saint des incertains (2000), Il (2008), 180 degrés (2010), N'enterrez pas trop vite Big Brother (2013). He was selected by National Studio Theatre in London in 2012 among six best african playwrights, and nominated in 2014 as the best francophone playwright. Culturally active, he is the co-founder of Averroes encounters in Rabat since 2009 and initiator of citizen theatrical experiences.