April Readers at Writers House

Jewell Parker Rhodes is a Professor of Creative Writing and American Literature and Director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Arizong State University. Recently, she was selected as the Fall 1996 Writer-in-Residence at The National Writer's Voice Project for the Scottsdale/Paradise Valley YMCA.

Her novel, Voodoo Dreams, (St. Martin's Press/Picador USA) was selected for the Barnes and Noble "Discover Series" and received a rare diamond from Kirkus Reviews and a star from Booklist (American Library Association). Her novel Magic City will be published by Harper Collins in June 1997.

Her stories have been anthologized in Children of the Night: Best Short Stories by Black Writers, edited by Gloria Naylor (Little Brown, 1996), and in Ancestral House: The Black Short Story in The Americas and Europe, edited by Charles Rowell (Westview Press/Harper Collins, 1995). Her short fiction has appeared in Callaloo, Calyx, The Seattle Review, Feminist Studies, Peregrine, Hayden's Ferry Review, and Shooting Star Review, among others, and has been nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize. She has received a Yaddo Creative Writing Fellowship, the National Endowment of the Arts Award in Fiction, a CSUN Distinguished Teaching Award, and the Dean's Quality Teaching Award at Arizona State University. Her scholarly and non-fiction articles appear in various academic journals, Ms. Magazine, and in many composition texts. She is the Creative Writing Delegate for the Modern Language Assocation. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Drama Criticism, a Master of Arts in English, and a Doctor of Arts in Enlgish (Creative Writing) from Carnegie-Mellon University.

Fawaz Turki has been a writer in residence at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts as well as the Communications Department at SUNY Buffalo. He has lectured and written widely for various periodicals. His latest book, "Exile's Return" was published in 1994 by the Free Press. His previous books are "The Disinherited: Journal of a Palestinian Exile" (1972), and "Soul in Exile: Lives of a Palestinian Revolutionary" (1988) both published by Monthly Review Press. Fawaz Turki is famous for writing--in English-- the first memoir of a Palestinian who grew up in refugee camps. He now lives in D.C.

Fawaz Turki will be reading at Writers House on Monday, April 7th at 4:30 pm.