May 10, 2018
Join us on campus for an evening of poetry on Thursday, May 10 to meet Aimee Nezhukumatathil as a part of The Ethel Walker School Visiting Writer Seminar.
5:30-6:15 p.m. Reception
(Open to adults 21+ years only)
6:15-7:15 p.m. Dinner
(Open to Walker's community members and Visiting Writer Seminar students)
7:15-8:30 p.m. Reading and conversation with the author
(Open to all community members)
Aimee Nezhukumatathil is professor of English in the University of Mississippi’s MFA program and is the author of four collections of poetry: Miracle Fruit, At the Drive-In Volcano, Lucky Fish, and Oceanic. Her most recent collection, Oceanic, was released in April 2018.
Students in the Visiting Writer Seminar describe her work as “witty, sharp, and cutting to the core.” Nezhukumatathil drops her reader into a world with each poem. Her poems are often situated in geographical places and include vivid and even scientific observations of the natural world. She uses those descriptions of place, nature, and animal life to reveal human moments.
Nezhukumatathil is also the poetry editor of Orion magazine, and her poems have appeared in the Best American Poetry series, American Poetry Review, New England Review, Poetry, Ploughshares, and Tin House. Honors include a poetry fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Pushcart Prize.
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The Ethel Walker School Visiting Writer Seminar is a semester-long course in which students have the rare and special opportunity to immerse themselves in a study of one writer’s works. Throughout the semester, students read a critical mass of texts by that writer before the course culminates with a visit by that person to the school. During this visit, the writer will teach master classes, conduct writing workshops, and participate in class discussion. The writer will also deliver a schoolwide assembly and a public reading to our community.
The magic of this course is created in the collaborative and symbiotic exchange between the writer and the student. Learning and inspiration move from the writer to the student but also, we hope, from the student back to the writer.
Visiting Writer Seminar students and English teacher Lindsay Hodgman with fall 2017 visiting writer Anne Fadiman, acclaimed essayist, memoirist, non-fiction writer, and Francis Writer in Residence at Yale University