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Visiting Writer: Michael Lowenthal

Michael Lowenthal is the author of four novels: The Same Embrace, Avoidance, Charity Girl (a New York Times Book Review “Editors’ Choice” and Washington Post “Top Fiction of 2007” pick), and The Paternity Test (an Indie Next List selection and a Lambda Literary Award finalist). His short stories and essays have appeared in Tin House, Ploughshares, The Southern Review, The Kenyon Review, Guernica, and The Rumpus, and have been widely anthologized. He has also written for the New York Times Magazine, Boston Magazine, the Washington Post, Out, and many other publications.

The recipient of fellowships from the Bread Loaf and Wesleyan writers’ conferences, the MacDowell Colony, and the Mass Cultural Council, Lowenthal has taught creative writing at Boston College and Hampshire College, and as the Picador Guest Professor for Literature at Leipzig University. Since 2003 he has been a faculty member in the low-residency MFA program at Lesley University.

Before publishing his own work, Lowenthal was an editor at University Press of New England, where he founded the Hardscrabble Books imprint, publishing such authors as Chris Bohjalian, W.D. Wetherell, and Ernest Hebert.

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Earlier Event: September 16
Visiting Artist: Saya Woolfalk
Later Event: September 20
Visiting Artist: Paul Wackers