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Acclaimed author Sigrid Nunez, the 2012 Writer-in-Residence at Vassar, to read from her works, February 8, 2012.

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY— Award-winning author Sigrid Nunez, the 2012 Vassar Writer-in-Residence, will give a reading from her recent works on Wednesday, February 8, at 5:30pm in the Sanders Classroom Building, Spitzer Auditorium (Room 212), with a question-and-answer session immediately following. This event is free and open to the public and sponsored by the Department of English.

The practice of bringing a fiction writer or poet to Vassar for an extended residency began in February 1979. Now over a 3-week period the Writer-in-Residence meets with various writing classes and give a campus lecture or reading. The program is funded by an anonymous donation to the college.

Sigrid Nunez has published six novels: A Feather on the Breath of God (1995), a finalist for both the PEN/Hemingway Award for First Fiction and the Barnes & Noble Discover New Writers Award that also received the Best Novel of the Year Award from the Association for Asian American Studies; Naked Sleeper (1996); Mitz: The Marmoset of Bloomsbury (1998), a mock biography of Virginia and Leonard Woolf’s pet monkey that won the Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; For Rouenna (2001); The Last of Her Kind (2006); and Salvation City (2010).

Her most recent book, Sempre Susan: A Memoir of Susan Sontag (2011), an account of working for and living with Susan Sontag in the 1970s, was praised by The New York Review of Books as “[A] fresh and touching book…. [Nunez's] genuine curiosity about her own experience—her memories of love and love lost, youth and youth lost—is the quality that gives this book an elegant, almost compulsive readability.”

Nunez’s work has appeared in several anthologies, including three Pushcart Prize volumes and four anthologies of Asian-American literature. She has contributed to numerous publications, including the New York Times, Harper's, McSweeney's, The Believer, The Threepenny Review, Tin House, and O: The Oprah Magazine. She has received a Whiting Writer's Award, a fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts, and a residency from the Lannan Foundation. She was the 2000-2001 Rome Prize Fellow in Literature at the American Academy in Rome. In 2003, she was elected as a Literature Fellow to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In spring 2005, she was the Berlin Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin.

Nunez has taught at Amherst College, Smith College, Columbia University, the New School, and Boston University, and has been a visiting writer at Washington University, Baruch College, and the University of California, Irvine. She has also been on the faculty of the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and of several other writers' conferences across the country.

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations or information on accessibility should contact the Campus Activities Office at (845) 437-5370. Without sufficient notice,appropriate space and/or assistance may not be available. Directions to the campus can be found at http://www.vassar.edu/directions.

Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential, liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Wednesday, February 1, 2012