Mar 6, 2008    #013
Contact: Angela Turner

Cockefair Chair brings Pulitzer Prize winner Edward P. Jones to Kansas City

Award-winning writer Edward P. Jones, the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) 2008 Cockefair Chair Writer-in-Residence, will be in Kansas City March 17-21 to visit with UMKC advanced fiction writing classes and high school students from the Kansas City Public School District.

Jones, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his book "The Known World," will also conduct conferences with creative writing graduate students, attend receptions at the African-American Culture House and New Letters and participate in other events open to the public, including:

A Public Reading at Pierson Auditorium, 5000 Holmes Street, March 19, 7 p.m. Reception immediately following. Admission is free, but reservations required. Please call 816-235-6222 for reservations.

A Symposium with Jones and UMKC fiction writing faculty (Christie Hodgen, Michael Pritchett and Whitney Terrell) at the Kansas City Public Library, 14 W. 10th Street, Thursday, March 20. Reception at 6:30 p.m., reading at 7 p.m. Admission is free, but reservations recommended. Please call 816-701-3407 to reserve a seat.

Jones has been described as one of the most talented American writers currently at work, with words such as "stunning," "miraculous," "extraordinary" and "evocative" readily used to describe his award-winning work. His books include "The Lost City," winner of the PEN/Hemingway and a National Book Award finalist; "The Known World," winner of the Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award finalist; and, most recently, "All Aunt Hagar's Children."

With each publication, Jones explores in what the Christian Science Monitor calls "a kind of Biblical style" not just the African-American experience - which he does with unparalleled and unflinching precision - but also the moral ambiguity of the human condition.

The Carolyn Benton Cockefair Chair Writer-in-Residence Program is an annual one-week teaching residency by a nationally renowned poet or prose writer. Recent writers-in-residence have included Mary Gordon, B. H. Fairchild, Stuart Dybek and Eleanor Wilner.

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This information is available to people with speech or hearing impairments by calling Relay Missouri at (800) 735-2966 (TT) or (800) 735-2466 (voice).


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