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Edward Albee, arguably America’s most distinguished living playwright, will speak at Colby as part of the fall 2006-07 Visiting Writers Series. He will discuss improvisation and the creative mind. Also slated for this fall is poet Steve Orlen, author of six collections of poetry, who will read from his latest book, The Elephant’s Child: New and Selected Poems 1978-2005.

Orlen will read on Tuesday, September 19, at 7 p.m. in the Robinson Room of Miller Library. Albee will appear on Tuesday, November 14, at 4 p.m. in the Given Auditorium of the Bixler Art and Music Center. Both events are free and open to the public.

Perhaps best known for his Tony-award winning play Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Albee has won three Pulitzer Prizes—for Delicate Balance (1966), Seascape (1975), and Three Tall Women (1994). He has received two Tony Awards and a special Tony for lifetime achievement. He was a Kennedy Center honoree and was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 1996.

Steve Orlen is Colby’s 2006-07 visiting writer in residence. A recent review calls The Elephant’s Child “a deeply-felt and expressed collection whose subjects of family, masculinity, childhood, love and lust evoke our own stories of the miraculous and the sacred . . . as Orlen says, ‘how puzzling it is to be a human being in the world.'” He has won three grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation.

The Visiting Writers Series is sponsored by Colby’s Creative Writing Program. Albee’s visit is also sponsored by the Department of Theater and Dance and Colby President William D. Adams.