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Women's Studies/Kelly Writers House Collaboration 1999-2000

During the spring of 1999, affiliates of the Kelly Writers House and the Women's Studies program at Penn were invited to name women writers whom they would like to see at Penn. Sometime during the 1999-2000 school year, Women's Studies and the Writers House hope to invite one of the writers whose name came up to come to campus for a reading, informal workshop/discussion, and a meal. Here's the list of writers who've been suggested as of June 1, 1999.
Meena Alexander
writers poetry, novels, essays, memoir; teaches creative writing

Andrea Barrett

Anita Brookner

Panel on Iris Murdoch with Anita Brookner and Dame Muriel Spark in attendance, reading

A.S. Byatt

Pearl Cleage

Edwidge Danticat
author of Breath, Eyes, Memory and Krik, Krak

Annie Dillard
novelist and non-fiction writer, author of Pilgrim at Tinker Creek (suggested four times)

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
author of The Mistress of Spices and Arranged Marriage

Maureen Dowd

Louise Gluck

Doris Kearns Goodwin
author of No Ordinary Time, about WWII and the Roosevelts

Nadine Gordimer
South African novelist

Jamaica Kincaid
(suggested twice)

Gayle Lynds
Her education is in English and she worked as an investigative journalist prior to writing books. She writes bestselling thrillers: Masquerade and Mosaic.

Ann Michaels
novelist, author of Fugitive Pieces

Joni Mitchell
(suggested twice)

Lorrie Moore
short story writer

Toni Morrison

Gloria Naylor
Mama Day, Bailey's Cafe, Lindon Hills, The Women of Brewster Place

Annie Proux

Denise Riley
British poet and feminist/philosopher; books include Mop Mop Georgette and Am I That Name (suggested three times)


Sonia Sanchez

Leslie Marmon Silko
author of Ceremony and Almanac of the Dead

Patti Smith
rock musician

Amy Tan
author of The Joy Luck Club

Jeanette Winterson
novelist, author of Sexing the Cherry and Written on the Body

Elizabeth Wurtzel

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