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February 14, 2003
College's Writers Speak Lecture Series Opens With Poet Scott Chaskey

Patricia Conway
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Poet Scott Chaskey will open the Spring Writers Speak Lecture Series at Southampton College on Wednesday, February 26th at 7:30 p.m. in Duke Lecture Hall.

Chaskey's most recent book, "Stars are Suns," with woodcuts by Breon O'Casey, has been added to the rare book collection of Harvard University's Houghton Library. Chaskey is currently working on a nonfiction book for Villard, an imprint of Random House, based on his experiences farming and writing. He has lectured extensively on the subject of sustainable agriculture. He has served as poet-in-residence at many schools and museums during the last two decades.

The rest of the series is as follows:

Wednesday, March 5 - MFA Readings

Wednesday March 12 - Novelist Brooks Hansen

Hansen's latest book, "The Monsters of St. Helena" (Farrar, Straus & Giroux), portrays "a notorious episode in Napoleon's career, brilliantly illuminated in fiction." Hansen's other novels include "Perlman's Ordeal" and "The Chess Garden."

Wednesday, March 26 - Playwright Joe Pintauro

Pintauro's dialogue has been called "propulsive, humorous and blistering." His plays include the critically-acclaimed "Men's Lives," "Metropolitan Operas," and "Raft of the Medusa." Also a poet and author, his novel, "Cold Hands" (Simon & Schuster), was named one of the year's best by The New York Times.

Wednesday, April 9 - Children's Book Author Emma Hamilton

Hamilton, founder and co-artistic director of Bay Street Theatre, is a children's book author. She is alsoEditorial Director of The Julie Andrews Collection, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

Wednesday, April 16 - Panel Discussion: How to Get Published

With Literary agent Philip G. Spitzer and guests.

Wednesday, April 23 - Author Alan Furst

Furst's most recent novel is the best-selling "Blood of Victory" (Random House). His other novels include "Kingdom of Shadows" and "The Polish Officer." He's the editor of the upcoming

"The Book of Spies: An Anthology of Literary Espionage" (Modern Library).

Monday, April 28 - Author Stefan Kanfer

Kanfer's 12 books include the best-selling biography, "Groucho" (Knopf), and the soon-to-be published "Ball of Fire," a biography of comedienne Lucille Ball. He has written several novels and many social histories, including "A Journal of the Plague Years," about the show business blacklist during the McCarthy era. A Literary Lion of the New York Public Library, he was a writer and editor at Time magazine for more than 20 years.

Monday, May 5 - Author Betsy Carter

Carter is the author of "Nothing to Fall Back On: The Life and Times of a Perpetual Optimist" (Hyperion).

Wednesday, May 7 - MFA readings

All talks and readings of the Southampton College Master of Fine Arts Program are free and open to the public. The lectures will take place on Wednesday evenings at 7:30 p.m. in Duke Lecture Hall. Please call (631) 287-8432 for more information.