The University Record, March 12, 1996

March visiting writer series features poetry, non-fiction, short stories

By Bernie DeGroat
News and Information Services

Poet, legal scholar and alumnus Lawrence Joseph heads up the list of writers presenting their works in the Visiting Writers Series in March.

Authors Sharon Oard Warner, who teaches at the University of New Mexico, neurologist Oliver Sacks, and Christopher Paul Curtis, a former Hopwood winner, also will be featured.

Sponsored by the Department of English and Borders Books and Music, the series features fiction and poetry read ings by distinguished writers throughout the academic year. Most readings are free to the public.

Joseph, who will give his reading at 5 p.m. Thurs. (March 14), has published three books of poems, Shouting at No One, Curriculum Vitae and Before Our Eyes.

A professor of law at St. John's University, Joseph received a bachelor's degree from the U-M in 1970 and a law de gree in 1975. He also holds bachelor's and master's degrees from Cambridge University.

Warner, who will read at 5 p.m. March 21, has written several collections of short stories, including The Way We Write Now: Short Stories from the AIDS Crisis and Learning to Dance and Other Stories.

Sacks, professor of clinical neurology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, will present his non -fiction works at 7:30 p.m. March 26. He has written several books, including Awakenings, Migraine, A Leg to Stand On , The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and An Anthropologist on Mars.

Curtis, who attended the U-M-Flint, will speak at 5 p.m. March 28. His debut novel, The Watsons Go to Birmingham1963, chronicles the experiences of a middle-class African American family traveling from Flint to Birmingham, Ala., to visit their grandmother.

All of the readings are in Rackham Amphitheatre.

For more information on the Visiting Writers Series, call the Hopwood Room, 764-6296.