Writers@Grinnell will offer weekly activities throughout April, featuring Shakespeare, novelists, poets, and memoirists.
On Thurs., Apr. 5, novelist and memoirist Jennifer Finney Boylan will read from a range of works including young adult books and short stories. Boylan has been a frequent guest on national TV and radio shows for insights into gender and imagination from “She’s Not There,” her bestselling memoir as a transgendered individual.
Poet Mark Doty will read from several of his poetry collections on Apr. 12. A prominent writer at Rutgers University, Doty received the National Book Award for his 2008 book of poems, “Fire to Fire.” Doty is the “Distinguished Author” in this year’s Writers@Grinnell program, an event funded annually by a generous Grinnell alumnus.
On April 18 and 19, one-man show James DeVita will present “In Acting Shakespeare.” DeVita has been an accomplished actor in American theatre for more than 25 years and describes his show as “one person's journey towards meeting Shakespeare and discovering the beauty of words and their potential.”
Faculty authors Michael Cavanagh, professor emeritus of English, and Ralph Savarese, associate professor of English and director of the Writers@Grinnell program, will offer a joint reading on Apr. 26. Cavanagh, a specialist in modern poetry, will read from his own poems, and Savarese, author of the award-winning “Reasonable People: A Memoir of Autism and Adoption,” will read from both poetry and creative nonfiction.
Writers@Grinnell will conclude the academic year with a May 10 reading by student contributors to “The Grinnell Review,” the college’s literary journal.
All Writers@Grinnell events are at 8 p.m. in Room 101 of the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center on the Grinnell campus. Grinnell welcomes the participation of people with disabilities. Information on parking and accessibility is available on the college website. Accommodation requests may be made to Conference Operations at 641-269-3235 or calendar[at]grinnell[dot]edu.