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March 3, 2005

Writer’s Talk Lecture Series Opens Spring With Student Reading
Semester line-up features widely acclaimed authors and scholars

Amanda Olsen (

Southampton, NY–Southampton College will kick off its Writers Talk Lecture Series with a reading by students of the MFA program on Wednesday, March 2. The talk is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in the Oceanview Lounge in Pratt Center.

The MFA program at Southampton College puts aspiring writers in touch with widely published authors and scholars in the heart of the Hamptons. Distinguished faculty include essayist and television commentator Roger Rosenblatt, novelist Kaylie Jones, short story and non-fiction writer Clark Blaise, as well as a host of acclaimed guests, including Frank McCourt and poet laureate Billy Collins.

The rest of the Writers Talk Lecture Series goes as follows:

March 9th 7:30
Sheridan Sansegundo

As Fine Arts editor for The East Hampton Star, Sheridan Sansegundo has had an enormous impact on East End fiction. She’s also a short story writer herself, as well as an exhibited painter, and she has published books of her reviews.

March 23rd 7:30
Dava Sobel

Longitude, Dava Sobel’s national and international bestseller, has won a number of literary prizes, including the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Vursell Memorial Award, and it was named "Book of the Year" in England. She’s also the author of Galileo’s Daughter, and Letters to Father. Her new book, about the planets of the Solar System, is due out later this year.

April 13th 7:30
Philip Galanes

Lawyer turned novelist, Philip Galanes is a graduate of Yale University and Yale University Law School. Novelist A.M. Homes calls Galanes’ debut novel, Father’s Day, "heartbreaking and deftly comic. . .a love story for our time."

April 20th 7:30
Louis Cimino

Playwright and screenwriter Louis Cimino is currently producing a film based on the book, I Bought Andy Warhol. His play, "Cut, Poison & Burn," which was staged in Chicago and Los Angeles, asks the question: "What happens when a young doctor discovers a cure that is safe, natural, and threatens to bankrupt the multi-billion dollar American medical industry?"

April 27th 7:30
Christine Kehl O’Hagan

An alumna of the Southampton Writers Conference, O’Hagan has just published her memoir, The Book of Kehls (St. Martin’s). She’s also the author of a novel, Benediction at the Savoia (Harcourt Brace), and numerous essays.

May 4th
Robert Reeves

The author of two critically acclaimed novels, both published by Crown, as well as short fiction, essays and literary criticism. Kirkus Review hailed Doubting Thomas as "a zesty, classy original," and The San Francisco Chronicle called Peeping Thomas "funny, disturbing, and brilliant."

May 11th
Proteus Celebration

MFA Readings

A special evening of fiction and poetry by Southampton MFA students.

All Writers Talk readings are free and open to the public. The series is sponsored by the Southampton College Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program and the provost’s office. Please call (631) 287-8432 for more information.