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11/10/2005

Sharman Apt Russell to read Nov. 17 at EAC

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By: Lori Dugan

THATCHER, AZ—Sharman Apt Russell, a widely published and prizewinning creative nonfiction writer, will be reading from her work on Thursday evening, November 17, at 7 p.m. in the Bonita Room of the Gherald L. Hoopes Jr. Activities Center. Russell will also conduct a workshop in Academic Programs Building Room 275 at 3 p.m. earlier that afternoon. Both events are free and open to the public.

Russell’s most recent nonfiction is Hunger: An Unnatural History (Basic Books, 2005); An Obsession with Butterflies: Our Long Love Affair with a Singular Insect (Perseus Books, 2003), a pick of independent booksellers in their Summer 2003 Book Sense 76, and Anatomy of a Rose: The Secret Life of Flowers (Perseus Books, 2001), which has been translated into Chinese, Korean, Swedish, Spanish, and German.

Her other books include the novel The Last Matriarch (UNM Press, 2000); When The Land Was Young: Reflections on American Archeology (Reprinted University of Nebraska Press, 2001); Kill The Cowboy: A Battle of Mythology In the Southwest (reprinted University of Nebraska Press, 2002); a children’s fantasy, The Humpbacked Fluteplayer (Knopf Books for Young Readers, 1994); and Frederick Douglas (Chelsea House, 1987).

Her essays have been published in many magazines, journals, and anthologies, including Nature Writing (Norton, 2003); Sisters of the Earth (2003); At Home on the Earth: Two Centuries of U.S. Women’s Nature Writing (2002); The Sweet Breathing of Plants (Farrar, Straus, and Gireaux, 2001); and Writing Home: Award-Winning Literature from the New West (Heydey Books, 1999).

Russell has received several awards including a Writers at Work Fellowship in Nonfiction, a Henry Joseph Jackson Award in Nonfiction, a Pushcart Prize, and a Mountains and Plains Booksellers Award. Last summer, she received a fellowship from the Rockefeller Foundation to work and write at the Bellagio Conference Center in Bellagio, Italy.

Russell earned her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Montana and her BS from the University of California at Berkeley. She currently teaches at Western New Mexico University in Silver City and at Antioch University in Los Angeles.

Ms. Russell’s reading and workshop are sponsored by EAC’s English Department and the Arizona Commission on the Arts and is free to the public. For more information about the reading, contact Series Director, David Tammer at 428-8461.