Writing Workshops and Readings with Writers from the Pages of SHR
FEATURING TARFIA FAIZULLAH HANNAH PITTARD
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2017 AUBURN, ALABAMA
Free admission. Open to the public.
Daytime workshops led by Faizullah and Pittard (details below) were held in the Caroline Marshall Draughon Lecture Room in the RBD Library on the campus of Auburn University.
Faizullah and Pittard also gave a reading in the evening at 7:00 p.m. in Haley Center Room 3194 at Auburn University.
PHOTOS BY AARON ALFORD
POETRY WORKSHOP with TARFIA FAIZULLAH 10:00 a.m. - Noon
Bangladeshi American poet TARFIA FAIZULLAH grew up in Midland, Texas. She earned an MFA from the Virginia Commonwealth University program in creative writing. Her first book, Seam, won the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award. Focused around the long sequence “Interview with a Birangona,” the book explores the ethics of interviewing as well as the history of the birangona, Bangladeshi women raped by Pakistani soldiers during the Liberation War of 1971. Faizullah’s honors and awards include an Associated Writers Program Intro Journals Award, a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prize, a Copper Nickel Poetry Prize, a Ploughshares Cohen Award, and a Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference Margaret Bridgman Scholarship in Poetry. A Kundiman fellow, she lives in Detroit and is an editor for the Asian American Literary Review and Organic Weapon Arts Chapbook Series.
CREDIT JAMAAL MAY
FICTION WORKSHOP with HANNAH PITTARD 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
HANNAH PITTARD is the author of four novels, including Listen To Me and the forthcoming Visible Empire. Her second novel, Reunion, was named a Millions Most Anticipated Book, a Chicago Tribune Editor’s Choice, a BuzzFeed Top-5 Great Book, a Best New Book by People Magazine, a Top-10 Read by Bustle Magazine and LibraryReads, a Must-Read by TimeOut Chicago, and a Hot New Novel by Good Housekeeping. Her debut, The Fates Will Find Their Way, was an Oprah Magazine selection, an Indie Next pick, a Powell’s Indiespendible Book Club Pick, and a “best of” selection by The Guardian, The Chicago Tribune, Details Magazine, The Kansas City Star, Chicago Magazine, Chicago Reader, and Hudson Booksellers. She is the winner of the 2006 Amanda Davis Highwire Fiction Award, a MacDowell Colony Fellow, and a consulting editor for Narrative Magazine. She teaches English at the University of Kentucky.