Guest Author Reading Series 2009-2010
Last Updated 2/20/10

Lee Ann Mortensen, Coordinator: 801-863-8785.
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Our Voices, Our Visions: A Mormon Women's Literary Tour!

Nahid Rachlin    

Feb. 25, 11:30 in LI 120


Mar. 26, 12 noon until 1:30 in SC 206 a & b


Nahid Rachlin is the award-winning author of four critically acclaimed novels, including Foreigner, a short story collection, and, most recently, a memoir, Persian Girls, which was selected by Christopher Merrill as one of the four best books of 2006, now available in Penguin paperback. As a student she held a Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University's MFA program and a Doubleday Columbia Fellowship. She has received a National Endowment for the Arts grant and a Pen Syndicated Fiction Award. She teaches an advanced fiction workshop at New School University in NYC and in many summer writers conferences. Persian Girls tells the story of Rachlins growing up in Iran, beginning at age nine, when she was taken away from the beloved aunt who had raised her. Publishers Weekly calls it a lyrical memoir that gives American readers rare insight in Iranians ambivalence toward the United States, the desire for American freedom clashing with resentment of American hegemony.
What place do *Mormon* women writers have in the 21st century? Join poets, novelists, memoirists and non-fiction authors from California to Canada to explore the question in Our Visions, Our Voices at university campuses throughout the Southwest.  Project founders Dr. Joanna Brooks of San Diego State University and Dr. Holly Welker of Salt Lake City have tapped into a range of denominations that share historic roots with the greater Mormon and Latter Day Saint traditions.  The ground-breaking project brings women writers face-to-face with audiences that recognize the need for a vibrant writing culture beyond the bounds of orthodoxy.  *This is about creating common ground,* says Brooks, a professor of English.

This event is sponsored by the UVU English Guest Author Series, The UVU Center for the Study of Ethics, and the UVU Religious Studies Program and other sponsors.



Sponsored By: The UVU College of Humanities and Soctial Sciences, and The English & Literature Department.

All readings take place at Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah, one hour south of downtown Salt Lake City, off of the I-15 University Parkway Exit (turn left at 800 W; park in the North visitor lot).  Visitor parking validations are available. 

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Parking Map of Utah Valley University: 801-863-8000
800 W 1200 S
Orem, UT 84058, US