NDNU’s Creative Writers Series Begins October 1

Belmont, CA, September 25, 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, October 1.

Zack Rogow, a well-known author of multiple genres, wrote a book of poems, The Number Before Infinity,published by Scarlet Tanager Books earlier this year. Idris Anderson is an award-winning poet who recently won the Swenson Poetry Award for her first collection of poems, Mrs. Ramsay’s Knee. The event 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 spectacular series,” said Jacqueline Berger, NDNU’s Director of the Master’s of Arts in English program. “Zack and Idris are both beloved authors with quite a following in the Bay Area. Zack’s writing is brilliant, wise, and eclectic, while Anderson’s style is both compassionate and calm.”

Rogow is the author, editor, or translator of 17 books and plays, including six collections of poetry, three anthologies, four volumes of translation, and a children’s book. He has also written three plays, including La Vie en Noir: The Art and Life of Leopold Sedar Senghor, performed by the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre.

He currently teaches in the MFA in Writing Program at the California College of the Arts and in the low-residency MFA in Writing at the University of Alaska, Anchorage. Rogow is the editor of a critically acclaimed anthology of U.S. poetry, The Face of Poetry, published by University of California Press; and editor of two volumes of TWO LINES: World Writing in Translation, distributed by University of Washington Press. His translations of George Sand, Colette, and Andre Breton have won numerous awards, including PEN/Book-of-the-Month Club Translation Award and the Northern California Book Award in Translation. His children’s book, Oranges, was a Junior Library Guild Book-of-the-Month.

Anderson was born in Charleston, South Carolina and moved to the San Francisco Bay Area 15 years ago. Her poems have appeared in recent issues of The Hudson Review and Ontario Review; she has also published poems in The Nation, The Paris Review and other journals. Her first collection of poems Mrs. Ramsay’s Kneewas selected by Harold Bloom for the May Swenson Poetry Award and was published in July 2008 by Utah State University Press.

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.