Rice’s Cherry Reading Series to feature five acclaimed authors

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David Ruth
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Jeff Falk
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Rice’s Cherry Reading Series to feature five acclaimed authors 

HOUSTON – (Jan. 30, 2015) – Five acclaimed authors will read from and discuss their literary works this spring as part of Rice University’s Cherry Reading Series. The readings are free and open to the public.

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The series kicks off Feb. 5 with Tiphanie Yanique, who will read from her recent book, “Land of Love and Drowning,” the winner of the 2014 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize.

Acclaimed American poet and recipient of the 2014 Griffin Poetry Prize Brenda Hillman will read Feb. 12 and offer a lecture on poetry, activism and the environment at an event co-sponsored by Rice’s Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences and the Humanities Research Center.

Author and screenwriter Susan Minot will read March 31, and Rice University Assistant Professor of English Paul Otremba will be joined by Rice alumna and poet Cecily Parks April 14.

All the readings except Hillman’s will be from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Rice Memorial Chapel, 6100 Main St. Hillman’s reading and lecture will be at 4 p.m. in Herring Hall, Room 100.

The Cherry Reading Series is sponsored by Rice’s Fondren Library and coordinated by the Department of English’s Creative Writing Program. It is named for Robert Foster Cherry, a member of the Rice Institute Class of 1930, and was established in 1991.

Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at jfalk@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.

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About Jeff Falk

Jeff Falk is associate director of national media relations in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.