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Alison Bechdel, author of the critically acclaimed Fun Home (called “one of the very best graphic novels ever” in Booklist)
will offer a slide lecture on Tuesday, Feb. 24, at 7 p.m. in Ostrove
Auditorium in the Diamond Building at Colby College. The reading is
part of the Visiting Writers Series that will bring poet Betsy Scholl
later in the academic year.

Bechdel created the syndicated comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For (DTWOF). At the podium, Bechdel is known to redefine race and gender roles while taking aim at some of the most controversial topics of the day.

Hailed by Ms. magazine as “one of the preeminent oeuvres in the comic genre, period,” Bechdel’s DTWOF is syndicated in more than 50 alternative newspapers and publications, translated into many languages and collected into a book series with more than 250,000 copies in print. Bechdel’s work has also appeared in Ms., The Village Voice, The Advocate, Out, Gay Comics and many other comic books, ‘zines and anthologies. Fun Home is her first graphic novel.

“Hers are thinkers’ comics,” wrote American Splendor author Harvey Pekar, “full of the stuff that classics like Gasoline Alley and Doonesbury are made of.”

On April 7, 2009, the series brings Maine Poet Laureate Betsy Sholl, author of six collections of poetry, most recently Late Psalm. Don’t Explain won the Felix Pollak Prize from the University of Wisconsin, and The Red Line won the Associated Writing Programs prize for poetry.

Sholl was a founding member of Alice James Books, a cooperative poetry press in Farmington, and published three collections with them: Changing Faces, Appalachian Winter and Rooms Overhead. Her work has been included in several anthologies, including Letters to America and Contemporary American Poetry on Race, and in magazines including The Massachusetts Review and the Beloit Poetry Journal. She teaches at the University of Southern Maine and Vermont College.