By Kelley Bozeman
Wendell Berry, James Baker Hall, Bobbie Ann Mason,
Ed McClanahan and Gurney Norman will read from their
works at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, in the Concert
Hall of the Singletary Center for the Arts..
17, 2001 (Lexington, Ky.) -- As
part of its yearlong celebration, "Celebrating Creative
Writing at UK: A Half-Century of Excellence," the
University of Kentucky's Creative Writing program
is featuring Kentucky writers Wendell Berry, James
Baker Hall, Bobbie Ann Mason, Ed McClanahan and Gurney
Norman at a reading of their work on Thursday, Oct.
18, 8 p.m., in the Singletary Center for the Arts
Concert Hall. The event is free and open to the public.
five writers began their literary apprenticeships
in creative writing classes at UK between the years
1952 and 1958 and published their early work in the
campus literary magazine, Stylus.
the writers have published more than 60 novels, books
of short stories, poems, essays and autobiographies.
The five writers have remained friends for more than
Hall, Norman and McClanahan have all taught creative
writing at UK and have each held Stegner Fellowships
in creative writing at Stanford University. Mason
earned her doctorate at the University of Connecticut
and accepted a post as UK's first Writer in Residence
The celebration is co-sponsored by UK's Appalachian
Center and the UK Office of African-American Affairs.