Winner of the National Book Award
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies Building
Reception to follow
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
As we've done for several years now, Friends has again contributed $250 toward the McKinney Writing Contest, the Institute's annual writing competition. The contest and ceremony are co-sponsored by the Rensselaer Department of Communication and Media and the New York State Writers Institute. Students are encouraged to submit original work in the areas of fiction/drama, poetry, essay, and/or electronic media. The contest offers both undergraduate and graduate students an opportunity for assessment and recognition of their creative writing talent. First, second, and third prizes are awarded for the best submissions in both graduate and undergraduate sections. This year's awards will be presented by novelist and short story writer Alice McDermott, who will first give a reading from one of her works and then answer questions from the audience.
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McDermott has taught at the University of California at San Diego and American University, has been a writer-in-residence at Lynchburg College and Hollins College in Virginia, and was a lecturer in English at the University of New Hampshire. She is currently a professor of humanities at the Johns Hopkins University. She was inducted into the New York Writers Hall of Fame in 2013.
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