Adrianne Harun and Charles Martin readings and reception

  • on 26 Jun 2013
  • Gailor Auditorium

The Sewanee School of Letters presents readings by Adrianne Harun and Charles Martin at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 26, in Gailor Auditorium.

Adrianne Harun is the author of two short story collections. The King of Limbo, her first collection, was a Sewanee Writing Series selection and a Washington State Book Award finalist. Harun's second story collection, Lost in the War of the Beautiful Lads, was named finalist (chosen by Jhumpa Lahiri) for AWP's 2011 Grace Paley Award and was also named a finalist for Sarabande Book's 2012 Mary McCarthy Prize. Her stories have been included in several anthologies, and have been noted as “Distinguished Stories" in both Best American Mystery Stories (2003) and Best American Short Stories (2009). Harun’s essays and book reviews have been published in numerous magazines and journals. Her newest endeavor, a novel entitled A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain, will be published in early 2014.

Harun has worked as an editor for more than 20 years, with projects ranging from literary fiction to topics in alternative medicine. She a member of the core faculty of the Rainier Writing Workshops, an MFA program at Pacific Lutheran University, as well as a faculty member at the Sewanee School of Letters.

Charles Martin is the author of seven collections of poetry, including Steal the Bacon, What the Darkness Proposes, and Starting from Sleep: New and Selected Poems, all of which were nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Starting from Sleep was also a finalist for the Lenore Marshall Award. His most recent book, Signs & Wonders, received praise for its humor as well as careful handling of topics like September 11 and the political outrage surrounding the presidency of George W. Bush. Martin has received the Bess Hokin Award, the Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Merrill Ingram Foundation.

Poet in residence at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York City from 2005–2009, Charles Martin has been a professor at Queensborough Community College, Syracuse University, in the Stonecoast low-residency MFA at the University of Southern Maine, and at Sewanee’s School of Letters. He has also taught workshops at the Sewanee Writers Conference and the West Chester Poetry Conference.

The public is welcome to the reading and the following reception. Every summer the School of Letters invites writers, poets, publishers and scholars to speak while that school is in session. Read about this and other School of Letters events here.