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DETROIT, April 8, 2011— Marygrove's English and Modern Languages Department is pleased to announce the winners of the 2011 Amy S. McCombs/Frederick P. Currier Writing Award held in conjunction with the Contemporary American Authors Lecture Series. This year's winners are:

Mia Balbin-Cuesta, "Harryette Mullen, John Cage, and the Significance of the Avant-Garde," essay
Percy Pierce, "It's All About the P & E's," poem 
Emily Sese, "Moving through Mullen," essay
Theresa Spiteri, "Harryette Mullen's Critique of Women's Fashions: From Constraints to Liberation," essay 
Della Young, "Goldilocks Goes to Jail," essay

The Amy S. McCombs and Frederick P. Currier Writing Awards are cash prizes given annually to students whose essays, fiction or poetry best express the spirit of the work of the visiting author in the Contemporary American Authors Lecture Series. Students can submit a poem, short story or play; a personal, reflective essay; or a critical analysis of some aspect of Mullen’s writing.

The winners will receive their recognition at a dinner for this year’s guest artist, poet and literary scholar Harryette Mullen.

Harryette Mullen will deliver the Lillian and Don Bauder Lecture at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 15, 2011, in Alumnae Hall on the Marygrove College campus. Afterward, she will sign copies of her works, which will be available for purchase. This event is free and open to the community.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
The author of five books of poetry, Harryette Mullen has taught at Cornell University and now teaches creative writing and African-American literature at the University of California, Los Angeles. She has received the Gertrude Stein Award in Innovative American Poetry, a PEN Beyond Margins Award, and the 2010 Jackson Poetry Prize, and she has been a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. 

Mullen was born in Alabama and raised in Texas. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of Texas, Austin and her master's degree and Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

ABOUT THE SERIES

This series, now in its twenty-third year at Marygrove, is an annual event bringing a nationally-known author to its campus for a public lecture and seminar with students.

It began when the late Frederick P. Currier, a former Marygrove College trustee, attended a reception on campus and remarked that he would like to bring a national writer to Marygrove for a weekend. Mr. Currier’s start-up check soon followed his suggestion, and in 1989 nearly 600 guests of the College heard Gloria Naylor inaugurate the series.

To date, nearly 10,000 people have joined Marygrove at the Friday night public readings to hear outstanding writers share their work.

For more information: http://www.marygrove.edu/contemporary_American_authors/index.htm or contact Professor Frank Rashid at (313) 927-1448.

Marygrove is thankful to the sponsors of the 2011 Contemporary American Authors Lecture:
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