Oxford Literary Festival

The international FT Weekend 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 FT Weekend 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!

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    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.

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    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.

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    Jewell Parker Rhodes

    Jewell Parker Rhodes is the award-winning author of Voodoo Dreams, Magic City, Douglass’ Women, Season, Moon, Hurricane, and the children’s books, Ninth Ward, Sugar, and the upcoming Bayou Magic.  Her writing guides include: Free Within Ourselves: Fiction Lessons for Black Authors and The African American Guide to Writing and Publishing Nonfiction.

    Her work has been published in Germany, Italy, Canada, Turkey, China, Korea, France, and the United Kingdom and reproduced in audio and for NPR’s “Selected Shorts.”

    Her honors include: A Coretta Scott King Honor Award, the American Book Award, the National Endowment of the Arts Award in Fiction, the Black Caucus of the American Library Award for Literary Excellence, the PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Award for Outstanding Writing, The Jane Addams Book Prize, a Parents Choice Foundation Gold Award, and the International Reading Association Notable Books for a Global Society prize.

    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.

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