Michael White, author of Travels in Vermeer, to be featured author at Spalding University’s Festival of Contemporary Writing
Michael White, author of Travels in Vermeer, will be the featured author for Spalding University’s Festival of Contemporary Writing, May 28-June 3. White gives a public reading at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 1, in the ballroom of Spalding’s College Street Building (812 S. Second St.). The event is free, ticketless, and open to the public.
White’s memoir, Travels in Vermeer, was longlisted for the 2015 National Book Award. His four prize-winning poetry collections are The Island, Palma Cathedral, Re-entry, and Vermeer in Hell. His work has been widely published in respected periodicals, including The Paris Review, The New Republic, and The Kenyon Review. White has taught at University of North Carolina Wilmington since 1994, where he chairs the creative writing department.
Spalding’s Festival of Contemporary Writing is Kentucky’s largest and most prestigious spring-fall reading series. Past headliners include John Patrick Shanley, Frank X. Walker, Tim O’Brien, Ernest J. Gaines, Jacqueline Woodson, Yusef Komunyakaa, Naomi Shihab Nye, Barry Lopez, Pico Iyer, Marsha Norman, and many others.
The Festival of Contemporary Writing is part of Spalding’s low-residency Master of Fine Arts in Writing program. The creative writing program offers concentrations in fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, writing for children and young adults, playwriting, and screenwriting. Fall and spring semesters begin in Louisville in November and May, respectively, while a summer semester with residency abroad begins in June or July and is designed to fit teachers’ schedules. The summer 2016 residency takes place in Rome.
For more information visit spalding.edu/mfa