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10/13/08 08:15 PM - 09:15 PM

September 29, 2008

MEDIA CONTACT: Nick Massella
(202) 994-3087;



The George Washington University's Creative Writing Program has announced its fall schedule of events, including readings from award-winning visiting authors.


The events are free and open to the public.  Media are welcome and should RSVP to Nick Massella at (202) 994-3087 or 

The Oct. 22 discussion will be followed by a reception.  Tickets are required and prices do vary.  Tickets can be purchased at


Thursday, Oct. 2, 2008; 8:15 - 9:15 p.m. - Suhayl Saadi
Media and Public Affairs Building, Room 309, 801 21st St., NW, Washington, D.C.
Suhayl Saadi, who will be reading his works, is the British Council Writer in Residence at The George Washington University for the fall of 2008.  Saadi is the author of Scottish best-selling novel Psychoraag, which was shortlisted for the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and Pakistan's National Literary Award, as well as numerous other awards.

Monday, Oct. 13, 2008; 8:15 - 9:15 p.m. - Suhayl Saadi
Media and Public Affairs Building, Room B07, 801 21st St., NW, Washington, D.C.
Saadi will discuss literature, contemporary British society, and his experiences as an Asian-Scottish writer.

Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2008; 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. "Literature in a Global Age" - Panel discussion with GW's Department of English and Suhayl Saadi
Alumni House, 1918 F St., NW, Washington, D.C.

The panel discussion will include professors from GW's Department of English as well as Saadi and is sponsored by the University's Alumni Association.  The discussion will be followed by a reception.  Tickets can be purchased at

Thursday, Oct. 23, 2008; 8 - 9 p.m. "FWords Project" - Afro-British and Afro-Caribbean writers from Yorkshire
GW Marvin Center Amphitheater, Third Floor, 800 21st St., NW, Washington, D.C.

"FWords" is a creative project to commemorate the Parliamentary Act of 1807 to abolish the British Slave Trade.  Eight of Yorkshire's most talented literary and visual artists were selected to join the project including:

  • Fosuwa Andoh, artist, craftsman, educator, and musician;
  • Tanya Chan-Sam, short story writer and artist;
    Khadijah Ibrahim, poet, live artist, literary activist, researcher, educator, theater director, author of Roots Runnin, and recipient of the Mary Seacole Black Achievers Walking in Excellence Award;
  • Jack Mapanje, poet, activist, professor at University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and author of poetry collections Of Chameleons and Gods, The Chattering Wagtails of Mikuyu Prison, and Beasts of Nalunga;
  • Simon Murray, screenwriter, poet, writer, artist, and performer of spoken word;
  • Oluseyi Ogunjobi, storyteller, musician, painter, textile artist, and translator;
  • Seni Seneviratne, writer, singer, photographer, performer, and author of the poetry collection Wild Cinnamon and Winter Skin; and
  • Rommi Smith, poet, playwright, and author of collections Moveable Type and Mornings and Midnights.

Thursday, Nov. 13, 2008; 8:15 - 9:15 p.m. - Helena Maria Viramontes
Funger Hall, Room 108, 2201 G St., NW, Washington, D.C.
Helena Maria Viramontes is the author of novels Under the Feet of Jesus and Their Dogs Came with Them: A Novel, and short story collection The Moths and Other Stories.  Viramontes has been a USA Ford Fellow, and currently is a professor of English at Cornell University.

Friday, Nov. 14, 2008; 8 - 9 p.m. - International writers from The University of Iowa International Writing Program
GW Marvin Center Amphitheater, Third Floor, 800 21st St., NW, Washington, D.C.

Since 1967, over a thousand writers from more than 120 countries have attended the International Writing Program at The University of Iowa.  The program includes both established and emerging creative writers - poets, fiction writers, dramatists, and non-fiction writers.

Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008; 8 - 9 p.m. - Honor Moore
GW Marvin Center Amphitheater, Third Floor, 800 21st St., NW, Washington, D.C.
Honor Moore is the author of The Bishop's Daughter: A Memoir, which was named an Editor's Choice by The New York Times and was selected by National Book Critics Circle as part of their "Good Reads" recommended reading list, as well as The White Blackbird: A Life of the Painter Margarett Sargent by Her Granddaughter, and the poetry collections Red Shoes, Darling, and Memoir.

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