Writing, residing at Oxford College
Author to live on campus this spring
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.