Emory Alumna Returns for Reading and Colloquium

Photo courtesy of Anton DiSclafani

January 14, 2013

ATLANTA (Jan. 14, 2013)¿Emory alumna, writer Anton DiSclafani, returns to campus to deliver a reading on Wednesday, January 30 at 6:30 p.m. in the Jones Room of the Woodruff Library. DiSclafani will also hold a public colloquium Thursday, January 31 at 2:30 p.m. in the Calloway Center on Emory¿s campus. Both events are free and open to the public with a book signing to follow the reading. 

DiSclafani graduated from Emory University in 2003, where she majored in English and Creative Writing. She received her Master of Fine Arts from Washington University in 2006, where she currently teaches fiction and nonfiction. Her first novel, ¿The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls,¿ will be published in summer 2013 by Riverhead, a division of Penguin Group, who purchased the manuscript for a reported seven-figure deal, a remarkable accomplishment for a first novel. 

The book follows the story of Thea Atwell, a young girl from Florida growing up during the trying years of the Great Depression. After getting involved in a scandal at home, she is sent to the Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls, a fictional equestrian school in the mountains of North Carolina based on an actual institution that DiSclafani¿s family often visited during her childhood. 

In addition to her reading on January 30, DiSclafani will hold a free colloquium for Emory students and the community on Thursday, January 31, during which she will discuss her creative process and answer questions from the audience. 

DiSclafani¿s visit to campus is a part of the Emory University Creative Writing Program Reading Series, bringing international writers to the Emory and Atlanta community. All events are free and open to the public. For additional information 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.¿