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FAU Presents 'Off the Page: Events for Readers and Writers'

BOCA RATON, FL (October 9, 2012) – Florida Atlantic University’s department of English in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters presents “Off the Page: Events for Readers and Writers.” All events take place on FAU’s Boca Raton campus, 777 Glades Road, and are free and open to the public. Further information can be found at

The first event, a reading by poet and fiction writer Barbara Hamby, will take place on Thursday, October 18 at 6 p.m. in the University Center for Excellence in Writing, in the General Classrooms South Building, room 215. In 2010, Hamby’s book of linked stories, “Lester Higata’s 20th Century,” won the Iowa Short Fiction Prize/John Simmons Award, and she was awarded a Guggenheim fellowship in poetry. She is the author of four books of poetry, most recently “All-Night Lingo Tango” and “Babel.” She and her husband, David Kirby, co-edited “Seriously Funny,” an anthology of poems that are both dramatic and comedic.

Hamby’s poems have been honored in “Best American Poetry” numerous times, including five poems in 2010. Born in New York and raised in Hawaii, Hamby now lives in Tallahassee, Fla. and teaches creative writing at Florida State University, where she is a Distinguished University Scholar.  

On Monday, October 29 at 7 p.m., literary agent Betsy Lerner will present “What Writers Need to Know.” The location of this event can be found at

Lerner is a partner at the literary agency, Dunow, Carlson, and Lerner. Prior to becoming an agent, she worked as an editor for 16 years at major trade publishers, including Simon & Schuster, Houghton Mifflin and Doubleday. As an agent, she largely represents non-fiction writers in the areas of science, psychology, history, cultural studies, biography, current events and memoir. She holds an MFA in poetry from Columbia University and is the author of a memoir, “Food & Loathing: A Lament,” as well as “The Forest for the Trees: An Editor's Advice to Writers.” Her blog on publishing can be found on

The series will continue in 2013 with a reading by poet and translator Idra Novey on Thursday, January 31 at 4 p.m. in the Board of Trustees Room, Administration Building, room 305. Novey is the author of “Exit, Civilian,” a 2011 National Poetry Series Selection, and “The Next Country,” a finalist for the 2008 Foreword Book of the Year Award in poetry. She’s received awards from the Poetry Society of America, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the PEN Translation Fund. Her recent translations include Clarice Lispector’s novel “The Passion According to G.H.” She has taught in the Bard College Prison Initiative and at NYU, Columbia and Princeton.

There will then be a poetry reading by the 2013 Mary Blossom and Lee Bingham Visiting Writer David Lehman on Thursday, February 28 at 4 p.m. in the Board of Trustees Room, Administration Building, room 305. Lehman is the author of several collections of poems including “When a Woman Loves a Man,” “Jim and Dave Defeat the Masked Man” (with James Cummins), “The Evening Sun,” and “The Daily Mirror: A Journal in Poetry.” His books of criticism include “The Last Avant-Garde: The Making of the New York School of Poets,” which was named a "Book to Remember 1999" by the New York Public Library. He is series editor of “The Best American Poetry,” which he initiated in 1988, and his honors include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Ingram Merrill Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. He heads the poetry program at the New School and lives in New York City.

The final event in the series will be a reading by 2013 Lawrence A. Sanders Writer-in-Residence Nick Flynn. This event will take place on Thursday, March 14 at 7 p.m. in the Majestic Palm Room of the Student Union. Flynn’s most recent book is “The Captain Asks for a Show of Hands,” a collection of poems linked to his latest memoir, “The Ticking is the Bomb,” which the Los Angeles Times called a “disquieting masterpiece.” His previous memoir, “Another Bullshit Night in Suck City,” won the PEN/Martha Albrand Award and has been translated into 14 languages. He is also the author of a play, “Alice Invents a Little Game and Alice Always Wins,” as well as two other books of poetry. His poems, essays and non-fiction have appeared in The New Yorker, the Paris Review, The New York Times Book Review and on National Public Radio’s “This American Life.” His film credits include artistic collaborator and “field poet” on the film “Darwin’s Nightmare” (nominated for an Academy Award for best feature documentary in 2006), as well as executive producer and artistic collaborator on “Being Flynn,” the film version of “Another Bullshit Night in Suck City,” directed by Paul Weitz, and starring Robert De Niro, Paul Dano and Julianne Moore. He teaches each spring at the University of Houston, and spends the rest of the year in New York.

For more information about the Off the Page Literary Series, contact Mary Sheffield at 561-297-2974.


Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of three signature themes – marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges – which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit

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