HPU to Feature Cultural Critic Lynne Tillman at 43rd Annual Phoenix Festival


HIGH POINT, N.C., Nov. 5, 2013 – High Point University will feature novelist, short story writer and cultural critic Lynne Tillman as part of the 43rd annual Phoenix Literary Festival, hosted by HPU’s department of English. Tillman’s presentation begins at 7 p.m. on Nov. 21 in the Francis Auditorium of Phillips Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Creative writers from HPU, as well as area high school students who submitted and won prizes for their work, will have the opportunity to attend a workshop directed by Tillman. Each student who attends has the opportunity to submit poetry and works of fiction and nonfiction to the event judges.

“One of my favorite parts of the festival is the reading of their submissions by the students; they are so energized by the experience,” says Georgeanna Sellers, assistant professor of English at HPU. “Many of them have never read their work aloud before.”

Tillman, who serves as professor/writer-in-residence in the Department of English at the University of Albany and also teaches at the School of Visual Arts’ Art Criticism and Writing MFA Program, received the Guggenheim Fellowship in 2006. She also serves as the fiction editor for FENCE magazine.

Tillman has authored numerous works, including the novels “No Lease on Life,” “Cast in Doubt,” “Motion Sickness” and “Haunted Houses”; short stories and essays “Absence Makes the Heart,” “The Broad Picture,” “The Madame Realism Complex,” “This is Not it” and more. Her latest work, “Someday This Will Be Funny” was named one of the best books of 2011 by Publishers Weekly.

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