The University of Connecticut’s Creative Writing Program is pleased to announce author Emily Rapp Black will read from her work for all who are interested on Tuesday, April 10th, 2018. The reading will take place at 6:00 pm in the UConn Bookstore in Storrs Center.
Emily Rapp Black is the memoirist of Poster Child: A Memoir (2007), documenting her life as an amputee, and The Still Point of the Turning World (2013), which details her experience as a mother of a child with Tay-Sachs disease. Her second memoir is a New York Times Bestseller, Editor’s Pick, and finalist for the PEN Center Literary Award in Nonfiction.
Black has an extensive educational background. She is a former Fulbright scholar, and was educated at Harvard University, Trinity College-Dublin, Saint Olaf College, and the University of Texas-Austin, where she was a James A. Michener Fellow in Fiction and Poetry. She is currently an assistant professor at the University of California, Riverside.
Black is also an avid activist, who was involved with the GLBT Speaker’s Fund (SpeakOut) while at Harvard. More recently, she is an advocate for parents of terminally ill children with the National Tay-Sachs and Allied Diseases Association.
The Creative Writing Program aims to introduce and engage both undergraduate and graduate students in various writing courses including fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, drama, screenwriting, and more. These courses are offered to students of all majors in order to engage and include all that are interested in joining this growing creative writing community at the University of Connecticut.
The reading, sponsored by the Aetna Chair of Writing and co-sponsored by the UConn Creative Writing Program and the UConn Bookstore, is free and open to the public. The UConn Bookstore is located at One Royce Circle, 101 Storrs Center, and can be contacted at 860-486-8525. For more information, please visit the Creative Writing Program’s website at www.creativewriting.uconn.edu.