Author Chet Williamson, along with German-Irish author Hugo Hamilton and poets Yvette Neisser Moreno and Maria Teresa Ogliastri, visit Bowers Writers House at Elizabethtown College during March for public readings and workshop. All events take place at Bowers Writers House, just off campus at 840 College Hill Lane.
Chet Williamson, a Lancaster County author, gives a public reading at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 14. Williamson has published 25 books and more than 100 short stories in Esquire, Playboy, The New Yorker and the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. His work has been adapted for film and TV and also has been published worldwide. He won the International Horror Guild Award and was shortlisted multiple times for the World Fantasy Award and the HWA’s Bram Stoker Award.
Williamson also is a playwright and a member of Actors’ Equity Association. He often acts in Lancaster area theaters. His experience with acting encouraged him to record multiple audiobooks, and he has recorded the work of Michael Moorcock, Zoe Winters, Tom Piccirilli and his own work.
At 8 p.m., Monday, March 12, Hugo Hamilton gives a public presentation of his work. Hamilton is the German-Irish author of best-selling novel “The Speckled People,” a memoir of growing up in ’50s/’60s Dublin with a fervent Irish nationalist father and a German mother who came to Ireland in the aftermath of World War II. His presentation is sponsored by Bowers Writers House, the English Department and the Department of Modern Languages.
“The Speckled People” is hailed around the globe. It won the Berto Prize in Italy and appeared on the notable books list in The New York Times.
Hamilton is the acclaimed author of two memoirs, seven novels and one collection of short stories, all of which reflect on the increasingly compelling issues of cultural divisions, belonging and identity. His latest novel “Hand in the Fire” was published April 2010.
At 4 p.m., Monday, March 19, Yvette Niesser Moreno and Maria Teresa Ogliastri present a workshop/craft talk focusing on their own poetical processes and what it means to them to be authors and translators. At 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, the poets give a public reading of their work, which includes a discussion of their work and a joint book-signing.
Neisser Moreno is a poet and translator whose work has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, including the International Poetry Review, Palestine-Israel Journal, Potomac Review and The Virginia Quarterly Review. She has translated two books of poetry from Spanish-most recently “South Pole/Polo Sur,” by María Teresa Ogliastri (co-translated with Patricia Fisher), which is forthcoming. She currently is seeking a publisher for her first book of original poetry, “Grip.” Neisser Moreno is a freelance writer/editor and teaches writing at the University of Maryland University College and at Brookside Gardens.
María Teresa Ogliastri is a Venezuelan writer living in Caracas. She has authored multiple collections of poetry: “Del diario de la Señora Mao” (From the Diary of Madame Mao, 2011), “Polo Sur” (South Pole, 2008) and “Nosotros los Inmortales” (We, the Immortals, 1997). She has been featured at poetry festivals throughout Latin America, and her work has appeared in several anthologies of Venezuelan poetry. Ogliastri has worked as publications coordinator of the Caracas Museum of Contemporary Art and the cultural foundation Fundarte.
Bowers Writers House at Elizabethtown College was created with a generous gift by Kenneth L. ’59 and Rosalie E. ’58 Bowers to support a culture of creative curiosity and foster a new sense of excitement and enthusiasm for intellectual diversity. The Bowers Writers House is an interdisciplinary venue for presentation, performance, expression and study. The programs-from dramatic readings to interactive panels to musical performances-offer a dynamic variety of enjoyable and informative experiences.