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Annual Lex Allen Literary Festival

Saturday, April 15, 2023

All readings and the poetry panel will be held in the Frances Niederer Auditorium, Richard Wetherill Visual Arts Center
9:45am – refreshments, second floor lobby
10:30 am – reading by Adrienne Su
11:30 am – poetry panel discussing student-submitted work
12:45 pm – luncheon, Moody Dining Hall (pay at the door)
2 pm – reading by Jon Pineda
3:15 pm – reading by Anne Boyer
4 pm – reception, second floor lobby

Anne Boyer is the author of the memoir The Undying: Pain, Vulnerability, Mortality, Medicine, Art, Time, Dreams, Data, Exhaustion, Cancer, and Care, which won the 2020 Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction. At age 41, the acclaimed poet was diagnosed with highly aggressive triple-negative breast cancer. For a single mother living paycheck to paycheck who had always been the caregiver rather than the one needing care, the catastrophic illness was both a crisis and an initiation into new ideas about mortality and the gendered politics of illness. Boyer was also the inaugural winner of the 2018 Cy Twombly Award for Poetry and winner of the 2018 Whiting Award in nonfiction/poetry. Her books include A Handbook of Disappointed Fate and the 2016 CLMP Firecracker Award-winning Garments Against Women.

Jon Pineda is the author of two novels, three poetry collections, and one memoir. His work has appeared in numerous literary magazines and anthologies, including The New York Times Magazine, Shenandoah, and Sierra Club, and has twice received the Library of Virginia Literary Award. A 2022 Virginia Center for the Creative Arts fellow, he is a core faculty member in the M.F.A. program at Queens University of Charlotte and has taught in their Latin America M.F.A. program in Rio de Janeiro and in Buenos Aires. He has served on the teaching faculty at Kundiman, a “national nonprofit organization dedicated to nurturing generations of writers and readers of Asian American Literature,” and is an associate professor of English at the College of William & Mary.

Adrienne Su is the author of five books of poems, Middle Kingdom, Sanctuary, Having None of It, Living Quarters, and Peach State. Her poems have appeared on websites, including Poetry Daily and Poem-a-Day, and in anthologies such as The Hungry Ear; The New American Poets; Border Lines: Poems of Migration; Asian American Poetry: The Next Generation; Best American Poetry (2000, 2013, 2016, 2018, 2021); and The Norton Introduction to Literature. Su’s awards include a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, a Pushcart Prize, a Money for Women/Barbara Deming Foundation grant, and residencies at Yaddo, MacDowell, The Frost Place, The Virginia Center for Creative Arts, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Since 2000, she has taught creative writing at Dickinson College, where she is poet-in-residence.

Funding provided by the John Alexander and Mary Josephine Haynes Allen Literary Endowment, the Dee Hull Everist Visiting Speaker Series, the Louis D. Rubin Jr. Writer-in-Residence Fund, and the Jackson Fund for Creative Writing.

Masks are not required unless guests are showing any symptoms related to COVID-19, the flu, RSV, or a cold.

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