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Pulitzer Prize Winner James McPherson Speaks about Creativity

October 6, 2004

[ James McPherson ] DELAWARE, OHIO -- James McPherson, author of Crabcakes, Hue and Cry, and Elbow Room, will lecture as part of the Sagan National Colloquium public affairs series at Ohio Wesleyan University on Wednesday, October 13, 2004 at 7:30 p.m. in OWU's Hamilton-Williams Campus Center Benes Room. The OWU 2004 Carpenter Lecturer, McPherson will explore "Creativity," which relates to this year's Colloquium theme on "Dimensions of Creativity."

Currently a professor of English at the Iowa Writers' Workshop, McPherson earned an M.F.A. from the University of Iowa, where he has taught since 1981. He also has been educated at Morris Brown College, Harvard Law School, and the Yale Law School. McPherson has taught English at the University of California-Santa Cruz, Harvard, and also lectured in Japan at Meiji University and Chiba University.

McPherson won a Pulitzer Prize in 1978 for "Elbow Room," a collection of short stories. His essays and short stories have appeared in numerous periodicals, including the "New York Times Magazine," "Esquire," and the "Atlantic Monthly," and anthologies, such as "The Best American Short Stories," "The Best American Essays," and "O. Henry Prize Stories." His many honors include the literature award of the National Institute of Arts and Letters (1970), a Guggenheim Fellowship (1972-73), and a MacArthur Prize Fellows Award in 1981. In 1995, McPherson was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

The Sagan National Colloquium is in its 19th year at Ohio Wesleyan. All lectures are free of charge and open to the public. More information is available at snc.owu.edu or 740-368-3995.

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