NDNU’s Creative Writers Series Continues November 20

Belmont, CA, November 13, 2008 — Two well-known local authors will read from their published work, discuss work in progress, and share experiences on the literary scene at a presentation of Notre Dame de Namur University’s Creative Writers’ Series 2008-2009, November 20.

Both accomplished writers, Kerry Dolan, and Mari L’Esperance, call the Bay Area home. Dolan teaches creative writing at NDNU and her stories have appeared in a number of magazines and anthologies, including Quarterly West, Greensboro Review, and Robert Olen Butler Prize Stories. L’Esperance lives in Oakland and is an award-winning poet whose first full-length book The Darkened Temple was awarded the 2007 Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry. The reading and reception will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Wiegand Gallery located on NDNU’s campus at 1500 Ralston Avenue in Belmont. The series is free and open to the community. Refreshments will be served.

“It promises to be a wonderful reading and reception,” said Jacqueline Berger, NDNU’s Director of the Master’s of Arts in English program. “We are fortunate to have such great talent in the Bay Area.”

Indeed, Dolan has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Millay Colony, Ucross Foundation, and elsewhere, and was a finalist for the Bakeless Prize in Fiction. L’Esperance was raised in California, Guam, and Japan, and is a graduate of New York University’s Creative Writing Program, where she was a New York Times Company Foundation Creative Writing Fellow.

L’Esperance has also published a chapbook titled Begin Here (2000, Sarasota Poetry Theatre Press). Her poems have appeared in the Beloit Poetry Journal, Many Mountains Moving, Pequod, and Salamander, among others. Her work has been nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize. A recipient of residency grants from Dorland Mountain Arts Colony and Hedgebrook, L’Esperance currently works in social services.

The Wiegand Gallery is located on the NDNU campus at 1500 Ralston Avenue in Belmont. For further information, contact NDNU’s English Department at (650) 508-3730, ext. 2.