Writ­ing, re­sid­ing at Ox­ford Col­lege

Au­thor to live on cam­pus this spring

The Covington News - - Local News -

Ox­ford Col­lege of Emory Univer­sity an­nounces that Ge­or­gia au­thor Mary Hood will be­come O x f o r d ’s first Writer- in- Res­i­dence. Un­der a grant made pos­si­ble by the Wat­son- Brown Foun­da­tion, Mary Hood will be on cam­pus for the Spring 2009 Se­mes­ter, re­sid­ing in one of the col­lege’s cam­pus houses.

She will teach a sem­i­nar en­ti­tled “Writ­ing the South,” de­liver read­ings of her work that will be open to the pub­lic and will be avail­able as a re­source per­son in cour­ses deal­ing with the South or with writ­ing.

Mary Hood’s first col­lec­tion of sto­ries, “ How Far She Went” (1984), won the Flan­nery O’Con­nor Award for Short Fiction and the South­ern Re­view/ Louisiana State Univer­sity Short Fiction Award. Her sec­ond col­lec­tion, “Venus is Blue” (1986), won the Townsend Award. To­gether they es­tab­lished her as an im­por­tant Amer­i­can writer.

Her sto­ries are usu­ally set in small Ge­or­gia towns just out­side At­lanta, al­though her novel “Familiar Heat” (1996) is set in south Florida.

Ac­cord­ing to ed­i­tor Hugh Rup­pers­burg, “ Few writ­ers por­tray hu­man char­ac­ter as well as Mary Hood. She has a nat­u­rally em­pa­thetic abil­ity to see through to the hearts of her char­ac­ters, to show their deep­est feel­ings and sen­si­tiv­i­ties, in a way that is nei­ther sen­ti­men­tal no dis­pas­sion­ate.”

Born in Brunswick in 1946, Hood grew up in Ge­or­gia and has lived here for most of her life. She re­ceived a bach­e­lor of arts from Ge­or­gia State Univer­sity in 1967.

She has also been a wri­terin- res­i­dence at the Univer­sity of Mis­sis­sippi, and was the first writer-in-res­i­dence at Berry Col­lege and at Rein­hardt Col­lege.


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