2012-2013 Emory Creative Writing Reading Series Announced Reception and Artist Talk Sept. 27

September 5, 2012

ATLANTA—The Creative Writing Reading Series at Emory University kicks off Oct. 2 at 6:30 p.m. with two of the Creative Writing Program’s postgraduate fellows in residence. Molly Brodak, Creative Writing Fellow in Poetry, and Harmony Neal, Creative Writing Fellow in Fiction, will give a joint reading of new work. A book signing will follow the reading.

Molly Brodak received her MFA from West Virginia University and her BA from Oakland University. She is the author of the chapbooks Instructions for a Painting and The Flood as well as the book A Little Middle of the Night, which won the 2009 Iowa Poetry Prize. Her poems have appeared recently in FIELD, Kenyon Review Online, Colorado Review, The Collagist, Ninth Letter and elsewhere.

Harmony Neal holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Illinois and a BA in creative writing from Knox College. She has served as the Assistant Nonfiction Editor and Assistant to the Editor for Ninth Letter. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in recent issues of Gulf Coast, Alaska Quarterly Review, New Letters, Ninth Letter, Hobart Pulp web, and Prick of the Spindle, among others. Her story “Sarubobo,” originally published in Sou’wester, is being made into a short film in Los Angeles. She is currently working on a collection of essays and a novel set in Detroit.

The 2012-2013 Creative Writing Reading Series

Oct. 2: Molly Brodak, poet, and Harmony Neal, fiction writer

Nov. 4: The Phillis Wheatley Reading: Katori Hall, playwright
Katori Hall is the author of the 2010 Olivier Award-winning play The Mountaintop, which opened on Broadway in 2011. Her other plays include Hurt Village, Children of Killers, and Hoodoo Love.

Jan. 30: Anton DiSclafani, fiction & nonfiction writer
Anton DiSclafani’s first novel The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls, will be published in summer of 2013 by Riverhead, a division of Penguin Group; It will simultaneously be published in eleven other countries. DiSclafani is a graduate of Emory University’s Creative Writing Program.

Feb. 26: Mat Johnson, fiction writer
Mat Johnson is the author of the novels Pym, Hunting in Harlem, and Drop. In 2007, Johnson was named the first USA James Baldwin Fellow by the United States Artists Foundation.

Mar. 26: Feminist Founders Reading: Jericho Brown, poet
Jericho Brown, a new member of the Emory English/Creative Writing faculty, is the author of PLEASE, winner of the 2009 American Book Award. His poems have appeared in journals and anthologies including The American Poetry Review and The 100 Best African American Poems edited by Nikki Giovanni.

Apr. 24: Creative Writing Awards Night – 7:30 p.m.
Readings by winners of the Creative Writing Program and English department student writing contests and scholarships.

All readings take place at 6:30 p.m. in the Jones Room of the Woodruff Library on Emory’s campus unless otherwise noted. All events are free and open to the public. For more information, call 404.727.4683, or visit arts.emory.edu.


Creative Writing Program
The undergraduate Creative Writing Program at Emory celebrates its 22nd anniversary this year. Students approach the study of literature through their own creative writing, as well as by the more traditional method of critical analysis and reading. USA Today recently named Emory the number one school for "budding writers."