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'On Creative Nonfiction: A Reading and Conversation'

Release date: March 20, 2012

Pictured above: Beverly Lowry; to the right: Michelle Tokarczyk

The Kratz Center for Creative Writing at Goucher College's Spring 2012 Writer-in-Residence event will be "On Creative Nonfiction: A Reading and Conversation," featuring novelist and nonfiction author Beverly Lowry, Goucher Professor of English Michelle Tokarczyk, and students in the advanced creative nonfiction course. The event will be held Tuesday, March 20, 7-9 p.m., in the Batza Room of the college's Athenaeum. A reception and book signing will follow.

This event is free and open to the public, but tickets must be reserved at www.goucher.edu/tickets or by calling 410-337-6333. For further information, e-mail kratz@goucher.edu.

Lowry, the Spring 2012 Kratz Center writer in residence, is a professor of creative writing at George Mason University and a writer whose works often delve into issues of isolation and alienation, American culture, and race relations.

Her most recent book, Harriet Tubman, Imagining a Life, a biography, was published in 2007. Her other nonfiction books include Her Dream of Dreams: The Rise and Triumph of Madam C.J. Walker (2004), a biography of the first African American woman to become a self-made millionaire, and Crossed Over (1992), a nonfiction memoir about the convicted pick-axe murderer Karla Faye Tucker on death row in Hunstville, Texas. She is also the author of several books of fiction, including The Track of Real Desires: A Novel (1994); Breaking Gentle (1988); The Perfect Sonya (1987); Daddy's Girl (1981); Emma Blue (1978); and Come Back, Lolly Ray (1977).

Her short stories have appeared in the Boston Globe, Playgirl, the Mississippi Review, Redbook, Houston City Magazine, and the Texas Humanist. Lowry's essays, profiles, and book reviews have been published in The New Yorker, the New York Times, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, Granta, and other publications.

Lowry has received awards from the National Endowment of the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Black Warrior Review, the Texas Institute of Letters, and the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters. In 2007, she won the Richard Wright Award for Literary Excellence. Lowry received her bachelor of arts from Memphis State University in 1960 and has taught at the University of Houston, the University of Montana, and the University of Alabama.

Tokarczyk, a widely published author and Goucher professor of English, teaches and writes about working-class studies, contemporary American literature, women studies, creative nonfiction, and writing composition.

Her most recent publication is the anthology Critical Approaches to American Working-Class Literature (2011). She is also the author of Class Definitions: On the Lives and Writings of Maxine Hong Kingston, Sandra Cisneros, and Dorothy Allison (2008). With Elizabeth A. Fay, Tokarczyk edited Working-Class Women in the Academy: Laborers in the Knowledge Factory (1993).

She is the author of E. L. Doctorow's Skeptical Commitment (2000); an award-winning poetry collection titled The House I'm Running From: Poems; and numerous articles, including "Promises to Keep: Working-Class Students and Higher Education" in Michael Zweig's anthology titled What's Class Got to Do with It? (2004).

Established in 1999, the Kratz Center for Creative Writing at Goucher College brings nationally recognized authors to campus for lectures and readings, as well as semester-long residencies. These authors work closely with students and provide them with a stimulating environment in which the highest quality of writing is encouraged. The Kratz Center functions cooperatively with the undergraduate creative writing program, enhancing and expanding the curriculum with distinguished guest writers and new course offerings.