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Four writers featured in this spring’s Visiting Writers Series at Colby College–award-winning poets, professors, a screenwriter, and a journalist–challenge the mainstream in unique ways. Each will read and sign books at 7 p.m. in the Robins Room, Roberts Building, on the Waterville campus. Readings are open to the public free of charge. The series is sponsored by Colby’s Creative Writing Program.

Tuesday, February 22: Adrian Blevins
Colby’s newest creative writing faculty member is award-winning poet Adrian Blevins, whose first full-length collection of poetry, The Brass Girl Brouhaha, won the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. Blevins also received a Rona Jaffe Writers’ Foundation Award for poetry, the Lamar York Prize for Nonfiction, and a Bright Hill Press chapbook award for The Man Who Went Out for Cigarettes. “Poetry lovers,” said poet Tony Hoagland, “this is the dirty, trash-talking, highly edified real thang.”

Wednesday, March 2: Gary Copeland Lilley
A “master bluesman of letters,” Gary Lilley reads what poet Eleanor Wilner describes as “sage, street-wise devotional poems.” Lilley received the D.C. Commission on the Arts Fellowship for Poetry in 1996 and 2000 and earned a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Warren Wilson College in 2002. He will read from The Subsequent Blues, his debut collection of poems, which is, according to one critic, filled with “a sinner’s honesty.” Co-sponsored by President William D. Adams, the African-American Studies Program, the Creative Writing Program and the Pugh Community Board

Tuesday, March 29: Tom Perrotta
Widely praised for his satiric take–by turns loving and vicious–on suburban America, Perrotta is the author of five works of fiction: Little Children, Joe College, Election (made into a movie starring Matthew Broderick and Reese Witherspoon), The Wishbones, and Bad Haircut. He has worked as a screenwriter and journalist for GQ, Rolling Stone, and many other publications, and has taught writing at Harvard and Yale. Perrotta, said The New York Times Book Review, “has a knack for revealing the huge stakes in ordinary events.” Co-sponsored by the Clark-Donnelley Fund for Visiting Writers

Tuesday, April 12: James Sullivan
In 1992 Colby grad James Sullivan ’87 went to Vietnam to write a series of magazine stories. In the midst of a bike trip up Highway One from Saigon to Hanoi, he met Nguyen Thi Xuan Thuy. Over the Moat tells the story of their courtship. The Boston Sunday Globe called Sullivan’s work “near perfect, a masterful blend of travelogue, love story, memoir and cultural anthropology with a dash of guidebook and phrasebook thrown in.” Co-sponsored by the Edwin J. Kenney Memorial Non-Fiction Reading