Thursday, March 20
Tompkins College Center: 1867 Room
“To change the world, first you've got to make people care . . . and writers use the power of storytelling to give life to social justice issues." -- Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich
A 2014 National Endowment for the Arts Fellow in Creative Writing, Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich will give a public reading from her current work and discuss how writing can change the world when she returns to Cedar Crest’s campus as part of the 2014 Visiting Writers Series.
Currently at work on Any One of Us, a non-fiction book that combines family memoir and literary journalism to examine a pedophilic murder, Alexandria is a recipient of the Rona Jaffe Award, a scholarship to the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, and fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo, among other awards.
An essay adapted from Any One of Us was published in the anthology True Crime, edited by Lee Gutkind and in Oxford American. The essay was recognized by Best American Essays, 2013. Other essays have appeared or are forthcoming in The New York Times, Tri-Quarterly Online, Bookslut, Fourth Genre, and Bellingham Review. Her fiction is published in the Southeast Review and Connecticut Review.
Alexandria is an adjunct lecturer in public policy for Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and teaches in the Memoir Incubator at Boston’s Grub Street. She formerly taught creative writing at Cedar Crest College. She earned a JD at Harvard Law School, a BA in Sociology from Columbia, and an MFA in Non-fiction Writing from Emerson.
The Visiting Writer’s Series provides an opportunity for Cedar Crest students and the Lehigh Valley community to hear from and interact with nationally and internationally acclaimed authors. The series is planned and presented by Cedar Crest’s Department of History, Literature & Languages.