Parkersburg, W.Va. 10/15/12 – West Virginia University at Parkersburg’s Office for Global Initiatives and the Humanities Speaker Series will co-host two literary programs in October. The schedule of events for the “Focus on Language: Social and Creative Perspectives” series includes:
“New Voices in Creative Non-Fiction and Poetry,” Thursday, Oct. 18, 7 p.m. – This program will feature literary readings by Benjamin Drevlow and Christina Olson. Ben Drevlow earned his master’s degree in fiction writing from Minnesota State University, Mankato. He currently teaches at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro. His autobiographical first collection, “Bend with the Knees and Other Love Advice from My Father” blurs the lines between memoir and fiction. Christina Olson also earned an MFA in Poetry Writing from Minnesota State University, Mankato. She teaches Technical Communication at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro. Her first collection of poetry, “Before I Came Home Naked,” won the 2007 Spire Press annual contest and was published in 2010.
“Language Transformation: How Society Impacts the ‘Word’ and How Creative Writing Impacts Society,” Tuesday, Oct. 23, 7 p.m. – Multinational linguist and author Dipika Mukherjee will give a talk and literary reading. Mukherjee received her Ph.D. in English with a major in linguistics from Texas A&M University and her master’s in English literature from the University of Delhi, India. Her first novel, “Thunder Demons,” was long-listed for the 2009 Man Asian Literary Prize. Her short stories and poems have been published internationally. Most recently, she has taught at the Institute of Linguistic Studies at Shanghai International Studies University and has served as a Fellow at the International Institute for Asian Studies in Leiden, The Netherlands. She divides her time between Chicago, Delhi, Kuala Lumpur and Shanghai, calling all four cities home.
Both programs are free and open to the public and will be held in the college theatre, room 1305. For more information, contact Dr. Nancy Nanney at 304-424-8361.