Morning Speaker: Christian McEwen
Christian McEwen is a writer, educator, and cultural activist. Since moving to western Massachusetts in 1994, she has edited two anthologies, helped produce a video documentary, Tomboys!, and completed a book of creative non-fiction, WORLD ENOUGH & TIME: ON CREATIVITY AND SLOWING DOWN (Bauhan Publishing, 2011). For the last five years, Christian has been interviewing poets in the Smith College Poetry Reading series, a project she calls “Sparks from the Anvil.” Her play, LEGAL TENDER: WOMEN & THE SECRET LIFE OF MONEY, based on interviews with more than fifty women, premiered in Northampton in spring 2014.
Christian is a graduate of King’s College, Cambridge, and first came to the States on a Fulbright Scholarship, studying at the University of California at Berkeley. She has been a fellow (several times) at the MacDowell Art Colony, and at Yaddo. In 2011, she received a grant in playwriting from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
Afternoon Speaker: David Anthony Durham
David Anthony Durham is the author of six novels: THE SACRED BAND, THE OTHER LANDS, ACACIA (John W Campbell Award Winner, Finalist for the Prix Imaginales), PRIDE OF CARTHAGE (Finalist for 2006 Legacy Award), WALK THROUGH DARKNESS (NY Times Notable Book) and GABRIEL’S STORY (NY Times Notable Book, 2002 Legacy Award winner). His novels have been published in the UK and in French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, and Swedish. Three of his novels have been optioned for development as feature films. His short fiction appears in Lowball and Fort Freak, both edited by George RR Martin, It’s All Love, edited by Marita Golden, Intimacy: Erotic Stories of Love, Lust, and Marriage by Black Men, edited by Robert Fleming, and Gumbo: A Celebration of African American Writing, edited by Marita Golden and E. Lynn Harris. He’s reviewed for The Washington Post and The Raleigh News & Observer, and has served as a judge for the Pen/Faulkner Awards.
David received his MFA in creative writing from the University of Maryland. He has taught at the University of Maryland, the University of Massachusetts, The Colorado College, the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation, Cal State University, and Hampshire College. He currently teaches for the Stonecoast MFA Program of the University of Southern Maine.