UMass Boston News

8th Annual Shaun O’Connell Lecture—Fanny Howe

Author Fanny Howe

 


Presented by the English Department & Creative Writing Program

Fanny Howe joins UMass Boston this fall as our inaugural Visiting Writer and our 8th Annual Shaun O'Connell Laureate. She is an internationally respected literary figure who is widely regarded as one of the most important American women of letters of our time.  She has published twelve works of fiction, and over twenty volumes of poetry, as well as six books for young adults, and two books of memoir.  Some of her most recent works are Selected Poems (2000), The Lyrics (2007), and Come and See: Poems (2011). Her fiction works include Nod (1998) and Economics: Stories (2002). Five of her previous novels were most recently reprinted under the title Radical Love (2006).

Her awards include the Ruth Lily Poetry Prize, given annually by the Poetry Foundation to a living US poet for a lifetime’s accomplishment, as well as the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize awarded annually by the Nation Magazine honoring an artist whose work supports “the arts and the cause of world peace.”  Cambridge-raised Howe is also a noted civil rights activist whose novels, according to critic Joshua Glenn “about interracial love and utopian dreaming offer a rich social history of Boston in the 1960s and 70s.”  She is Professor Emeritus at the University of California, San Diego. 


 

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