The international Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival welcomes thinkers and writers from across the globe to the city of Oxford for a week of creative and literary engagement. Arizona State University is the first American University to partner with the Festival, and due in part to this relationship, the Festival developed a new program on American literature and culture, which featured some two dozen American speakers among writers and panelists from over 20 countries.
The 2014 Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival
Saturday, March 22 – Sunday, March 30, 2014
In 2014, the Piper Center will send three authors from Arizona and the Southwest to be featured in the Oxford Literary Festival—Ron Carlson, Beckian Fritz Goldberg, and Jewell Parker Rhodes. As part of the conference, each of the authors will read from and discuss their work, and teach a class for the Oxford Creative Writing Program, contributing to its new Annual Programme on American Literature and Culture.
Come join us in Oxford, one of the world’s foremost literary and publishing hubs, for a celebratory week of readings, lectures, workshops, and sightseeing!
- Ron Carlson
Ron Carlson’s newest novel is Return to Oakpine. He is the author of ten books of fiction, including the novel The Signal from Viking. His short stories have appeared in Esquire, Harpers, The New Yorker, and other journals, as well as The Best American Short Stories, The O’Henry Prize Series, The Pushcart Prize Anthology, The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction and other anthologies. Carlson’s work has been performed on National Public Radio’s “This American Life” and “Selected Shorts,” and his book on writing, Ron Carlson Writes a Story, is taught widely. He has been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the Cohen Prize at Ploughshares, the McGinnis Award at the Iowa Review, the Aspen Literary Award; and his novel Five Skies was One Book Rhode Island in 2009. Mr. Carlson, who taught at Arizona State University for twenty years, is Director of the Graduate Program in Fiction at the University of California, Irvine.
- Beckian Goldberg
Beckian Fritz Goldberg holds an M.F.A. from Vermont College and is the author of several volumes of poetry including Body Betrayer, Never Be the Horse, Lie Awake Lake, The Book of Accident, and Reliquary Fever: New and Selected Poems, and a collection of prose poems, Egypt From Space. Her work has appeared widely in anthologies and journals including The American Poetry Review, The Best American Poetry 1995, Field, The Gettysburg Review, Harper’s, Indiana Review, The Iowa Review, The Massachusetts Review, New American Poets of The 90s, and American Alphabets: 25 Contemporary American Poets. She has been awarded the Theodore Roethke Poetry Prize, The Gettysburg Review Annual Poetry Award, The University of Akron Press Poetry Prize, The Field Poetry Prize, and a Pushcart Prize. She teaches Creative Writing at Arizona State University.
- Jewell Parker Rhodes
Jewell Parker Rhodes
Jewell Parker Rhodes is the award-winning author of the historical novels, Voodoo Dreams, Magic City, Douglass’ Women, and the contemporary voodoo-inspired trilogy, Season, Moon, and Hurricane. She has also written a memoir, Porch Stories: A Grandmother’s Guide to Happiness, two writing guides including Free Within Ourselves: Fiction Lessons for Black Authors and The African American Guide to Writing and Publishing Nonfiction, and the middle grade novels, Ninth Ward and Sugar.
Her work has been published in China, Korea, France, Germany, Italy, Canada, Turkey, and the United Kingdom, and has been reproduced in audio and for NPR’s “Selected Shorts.” Her literary awards include the American Book Award, the National Endowment of the Arts Award, the Black Caucus of the American Library Award for Literary Excellence, the PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Award for Outstanding Writing, and two Arizona Book Awards. Ninth Ward, selected as one of the “Best Books of 2010″ by School Library Journal, has received a Parents’ Choice Foundation Gold Award, the Coretta Scott King Author Honor Award, and the 2011 Jane Addams Peace Association Honor Award. Sugar, published May 2013, was chosen as a Summer 2013 Kids’ Indie Next List Selection and a Junior Library Guild Selection.
Dr. Jewell Parker Rhodes is the Founding Artistic Director and Piper Endowed Chair of the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University.Website