Thursday's Cropper Series Events Feature Poet Jacqueline Osherow

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Poet Jacqueline Osherow opens the USD English Department's 2019-20 Lindsay J. Cropper Memorial Writers Series.Poet Jacqueline Osherow opens the USD English Department's 2019-20 Lindsay J. Cropper Memorial Writers Series. She's speak twice on campus on Sept. 26.

Poet Jacqueline Osherow will kick off the 2019-20 academic year as the English Department's featured speaker at both the Barrie Cropper Lecture on Creative Writing and the Lindsay J. Cropper Memorial Writers Series at the University of San Diego on Thursday, Sept. 26.

Osherow, a distinguished professor of English at the University of Utah, will give the Barrie Cropper Lecture at 12:30 p.m. in conference rooms E and F of the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice. The Lindsay J. Cropper Series talk takes place at 6 p.m. in the Warren Auditorium within Mother Rosalie Hill Hall. Both events are free and the evening event is open to the public.

Osherow, born in Philadelphia in 1956, has authored eight collections of poetry and her work has been published in many magazines, journals and anthologies. Her books are: Looking for Angels in New York (1988), Conversations with Survivors (1994), With a Moon in Transit (1996), Dead Men's Praise (1999), The Hoopoe's Crown (2005), Whitethorn (2011), Ultimatum from Paradise (2014) and My Lookalike at the Krishna Temple is her newest book in 2019.

Her work has been supported by grants from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ingram Merrill Foundation and the Witter Bynner Prize from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. She's also received numerous prizes from the Poetry Society of America.

Following her reading on Thursday night, Osherow will participate in a question-and-answer segment with the audience and then conduct a book signing during a dessert reception.

Osherow's appearance marks the first of three Cropper Series professional writers who will come to USD throughout the academic year.

Fiction writer Tommy Orange, author of The New York Times bestselling novel, There There, will speak in the KIPJ Theatre on Thursday, Oct. 24 at 6 p.m.; Nonfiction writer Alexander Chee will open 2020 with an appearance Thursday, February 20 at 7 p.m. in the Warren Auditorium. Both writers will also have a Q&A session, book signing and dessert reception attached to their event. Both events are free and open to the public.

The final event of the year will shine the spotlight on current USD student creative writers when they'll read excerpts of their work at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 30, 2020. The venue location on campus is still to be determined.

One other announcement is that English Professor Brad Melekian, MFA, has taken over the role as director of the English Department's Lindsay J. Cropper Center for Creative Writing. He's been deeply involved in the writing center since his arrival to teach nonfiction writing and other courses in 2008. He helped to establish a nonfiction writing track within the creative writing emphasis.

— Compiled by Ryan T. Blystone

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