Visiting Writer: Jeannie Vanasco

J VanascoJeannie Vanasco continues the Spring 2018 Visiting Writers series with a reading on Thursday, February 15, at 7:30 p.m. in George’s, 3rd floor of the Johnson Center, on Mason’s Fairfax Campus. The reading is free and open to the public, and books will be for sale after the reading

Jeannie Vanasco is the author of The Glass Eye, whose honors include a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Pick and a Poets & Writers Best Literary Nonfiction Debut of 2017. Entertainment Weekly wrote: "In this stunning, quite meta memoir, Vanasco attempts to come to terms with many things: Her beloved father's death, the name she shares with a dead half-sister she never met, and her own crescendoing mental illness. All the while, she talks the reader through her obsessive, meticulous writing process as she tries to finish the memoir she promised her dying father she'd write for him." Her nonfiction has appeared in the Believer, NewYorker.com, the New York Times, the Times Literary Supplement, Tin House, and elsewhere. She lives in Baltimore and is an assistant professor of English at Towson University.

February will bring one additional visiting writer: Poet Lisa Russ Spaar, whose most recent collection is Orexia: Poems, on Thursday, February 22. And stay tuned for more information ahead about the New Leaves Conference in early April, with three additional visiting writers, plus more special events.

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