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The 2007 Emerging Writers Festival

The Emerging Writers Festival at Franklin & Marshall College is a three-day celebration of the work of talented and promising younger American writers. Each year, the Festival brings five fine younger writers to campus all at once for three days, giving them opportunities to mix often and informally with students and with one another.

2007 marks the sixth year of the Festival, which has grown into a treasured tradition at the College and a nationally recognized honor for the writers who are invited to participate. This year’s Festival runs from April 11-13, 2007 and features poets Amaud Jamaul Johnson and Cynthia Cruz, non-fiction writer Jay Kirk, and fiction writers Lauren Groff and Kevin Moffett.

The Emerging Writers Festival is generously supported by Richard and Edna Hausman, parents of a Franklin & Marshall graduate and tireless and generous supporters of the arts at the College.


2007 Writers

CYNTHIA CRUZ

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Cynthia Cruz was born in Germany and raised in Northern California.  Her first collection of poems, Ruin, was published in 2006 by Alice James Books.  She holds degrees from Mills College (B.A.) and Sarah Lawrence College (M.F.A.).  Her poems have appeared in Paris Review, Boston Review, GRAND STREET, AGNI, Chelsea, Pleiades, the New Orleans Review, Bellevue Literary Quarterly, Black Warrior Review and others, and are anthologized in Isn’t It Romantic: 100 Love Poems by Younger Poets and The Iowa Anthology of New American Poetries.  She is the recipient of several residencies to Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony.  She lives in New York City.

LAUREN GROFF

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Lauren Groff is a native of Cooperstown, N.Y., and has a degree from Amherst College and an MFA in fiction from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Her stories have appeared or are forthcoming in journals such as The Atlantic Monthly, Hobart, Five Points, and Ploughshares, and will appear in the anthologies Best New American Voices 2008, and Best American Short Stories 2007. She is the Axton Fellow in Fiction at the University of Louisville, and her first novel, THE MONSTERS OF TEMPLETON, will be published in the spring of 2008.  Her parents are graduates of Franklin & Marshall College. 

AMAUD JAMAUL JOHNSON

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Amaud Jamaul Johnson is the author of Red Summer, selected by Carl Phillips as winner of the 2004 Dorset Prize (Tupelo Press, 2006). Born and raised in Compton, California, he was educated at Howard University and Cornell University. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University and graduate of the Cave Canem Workshop, his poems appear in The Virginia Quarterly Review, New England Review, Poetry Daily, Rivendell, From the Fishouse, and elsewhere. Currently, he is an assistant professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

JAY KIRK

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Jay Kirk’s creative nonfiction have been published in Harper's, GQ, The New York Times Magazine, Chicago Reader, Philadelphia City Paper, Saturday Night and Nerve.  His work has been anthologized in Best American Crime Writing 2003, and Best American Crime Writing 2004.  He is an adjunct professor in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Pennsylvania, and a recipient of a 2005 Pew Fellowship in the Arts, as well as a 2007 Individual Creative Artists Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.  He is currently writing a book about the artist-explorer Carl Akeley, titled Kingdom Under Glass, which is due out from Bloomsbury in 2008.

KEVIN MOFFETT

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Kevin Moffett was born and raised in Daytona Beach, Florida. Until recently, he edited and wrote for Funworld, the official magazine of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions. He interviewed Dolly Parton and Pele, traveled to haunted cornfields in Ohio and near-deserted theme parks in Spain, and rode an unhealthy number of roller coasters. He wrote at length about this for The Believer.  His stories have received the Nelson Algren Award and the Pushcart Prize, and have appeared in McSweeney's, Tin House, StoryQuarterly, the Chicago Tribune, and elsewhere. “Tattooizm,” originally published in Tin House, is forthcoming in The Best American Short Stories 2006. His first collection of stories, Permanent Visitors, won the Iowa Short Fiction Award, judged by George Saunders, and will be published in October.  He lives with his wife and young son in Gettysburg, Pa., where he has spent
2006-2007 as the Emerging Writer Lecturer at Gettysburg College.

 


2007 Schedule

Wednesday, April 11, 2007  

Opening Night Reading featuring KEVIN MOFFETT & CYNTHIA CRUZ
8:30 PM
Miller Recital Hall

Opening Night Post-Reading Reception
9:45 PM
Philadelphia Alumni Writers House  

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Craft Class led by JAY KIRK
10:00 AM
Philadelphia Alumni Writers House

Craft Class led by AMAUD JAMAUL JOHNSON
11:00 AM
Philadelphia Alumni Writers House

Lunch with our writers
12:15 PM
Philadelphia Alumni Writers House

Second Night Reading featuring JAY KIRK, AMAUD JAMAUL JOHNSON & LAUREN GROFF
8:30 PM
Miller Recital Hall

Second Night Post-Reading Reception
9:45 PM
Philadelphia Alumni Writers House

Friday, April 13, 2007

Craft Class led by LAUREN GROFF
11:00 AM
Philadelphia Alumni Writers House

Lunch with our writers
12:15 PM
Philadelphia Alumni Writers House

Craft Class led by CYNTHIA CRUZ
1:30 PM
Philadelphia Alumni Writers House

Craft Class led by KEVIN MOFFETT
2:30 PM
Philadelphia Alumni Writers House

Bye-Bye barbecue
4:30 PM
Philadelphia Alumni Writers House