Sarahlee Lawrence

Thursday, February 10
7:30pm
Taylor Auditorium in Marsh Hall
This reading is free and open to the public

As a girl growing up in remote central Oregon, Sarahlee Lawrence dreamed of leaving her small town in search of adventure. By the age of twenty-one, she had rafted some of the most dangerous rivers of the world as an accomplished river guide. But living her dream as guide and advocate, riding and cleaning the arteries of the world, led her back to the place she least expected to find herself–her dusty  beginnings and her family’s ranch. River House, published by Tin House Books, is the beautiful chronicle of a daughter’s return, her relationship with her father, who helps her build a log house by hand when she is 23, and her attempt to live a more sustainable life.  Lawrence now has an organic farm next to her house.

Learn more about Sarahlee Lawrence at http://sarahleelawrence.com

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Masha Hamilton

Thursday, March 3
7:30pm
Taylor Auditorium in Marsh Hall

This reading is free and open to the public

Masha Hamilton is the author of four acclaimed novels, most recently 31 Hours (2009), a Washington Post selection for one of the best novels of the year and an Indie Choice pick by independent booksellers. Hamilton is also the founder of two world literacy programs: the Camel Book Drive, begun in 2007 to supply a camel-borne library in northeastern Kenya, and the Afghan Women’s Writing Project, begun in 2009 to foster creative and intellectual exchange between Afghan women writers and American women authors and teachers. She worked as a foreign correspondent for the Associated Press for five years in the Middle East, where she covered the intefadeh, the peace process and the partial Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon.

Learn more about Masha Hamilton at mashahamilton.com

Click here to learn more about the Afghan Women’s Writing Project.

Kwame Dawes

Tuesday, April 5
7:30pm

Taylor Auditorium in Marsh Hall
This reading is free and open to the public

Dawes is the author of thirteen books of poetry and many books of fiction, non-fiction and drama.   In 2009, Dawes won an Emmy Award for his multimedia website, which uses poetry and photographs to vividly portray the HIV/AIDS crisis in Jamaica. Dawes is a Distinguished Poet in Residence at South Carolina University and  programming director of the Calabash International Literary Festival, which takes place in Jamaica. He is an expert on the music of Bob Marley, on which he has published extensively. He’s a practicing playwright and has seen more than 15 of his plays performed. An electrifying reader and musician, Dawes has been rightly called the busiest man in literature today.

Learn more about Kwame Dawes at kwamedawes.com

Click here to see “Live Hope Love: Living and Loving with Aids in Jamaica ,” Dawes’ Emmy Award-winning combination of poetry and photography.