HIGH POINT, N.C., Oct. 29, 2012 – High Point University students and community will have the opportunity to learn from world-renowned and award-winning author Chang-rae Lee at the 42nd annual Phoenix Literary Festival, hosted by HPU’s department of English. The highlight of the festival begins at 7 p.m. on Nov. 15 in the Francis Auditorium of Phillips Hall. There will be an open question-and-answer session and book signing following the presentation. The event is open to the public.
Creative writers from HPU, as well as area high school students who submitted work and won prizes, will have the opportunity to attend a workshop directed by Lee. Each student who attends has the opportunity to submit poetry and works of fiction and nonfiction to the event judges.
“Phoenix Festival serves as a great opportunity for students not only to practice the art of writing, but also to learn from celebrated authors,” says Georgeanna Sellers, assistant professor of English at HPU. “I believe Chang-rae Lee’s visit will be a wonderful opportunity for people who love to write and love to read to hear his work and hear personal family history he draws on to create his novels.”
Lee, an Asian-American who immigrated to the United States from Korea at the age of 3, is a professor in the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University, where he teaches creative writing. He has won a variety of awards for his fiction, including the PEN Hemingway Award for his book “Native Speaker,” The Asian American Literary Award for his book “A Gesture Life,” the Asia/Pacific American Award for Literature for his book “Aloft,” and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his book “The Surrender.” He has been awarded fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and The American Academy in Rome.