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Feminist Authors View the Writing Process

February 01, 2015

Two notable women writers will offer a feminist perspective on the writing process this month during campus readings of their work.

Alena Graedon and Ida Stewart will be on campus for readings and signings of their work. According to Anna Maria Hong of the English Department, “our students will learn a great deal about writing novels and poetry from these two amazing and accomplished artists who have much to say about writing now and writing from feminist perspectives.”

Alena Graedon will read and sign her book Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. in the Blackbox Theater.

The Brooklyn-based novelist will read from her new book The Word Exchange (Doubleday), a literary sci-fi novel in which sudden mutations in language and thinking disrupt life as we know it and which the New York Times called, “a nervy, nerdy dystopic thriller set in New York City in the very near future.” She  was born in Durham, N.C., and is a graduate of Brown University, and Columbia University’s School of the Arts. She has worked at Columbia, Knopf, and the PEN American Center. The Word Exchange, her first novel, has been translated into eight languages and was a New York Times Editors’ Choice selection and a Kirkus Best Fiction Book of 2014. Her nonfiction has been published in The New York Times Book Review, The Believer magazine, and elsewhere.

Poet Ida Stewart will read from Gloss and other works Feb. 25 at 7 p.m . in the Lenfest Theater, and sign books.

She is the author of the award-winning poetry collection Gloss, winner of the 2011 Perugia Press Prize for a first or second book of poetry by a woman. Her poems appear in journals including FIELD, The Laurel Review, The Tusculum Review, and The Journal. She holds an MFA in creative writing from The Ohio State University and a Ph.D. in English from The University of Georgia. She  co-edits the online poetry journal Unsplendid. A native of West Virginia, she now lives in Philadelphia and teaches writing at the University of Delaware. She Ida will read from Gloss and other works.

The event is co-sponsored by the Creative Writing Department, the Gender and Women’s Studies Department and the Arts & Lectures Series.