WINTER PARK, Fla. – (November 4, 2014) – Five award-winning writers will take part in the 2015 Winter With the Writers, A Festival of the Literary Arts. In keeping with Rollins College’s long-standing commitment to bringing contemporary literature to the community, the 2015 season will feature a diverse mix of authors, including former poet laureate Natasha Trethewey and best-selling novelist Sapphire, author of Push. For several decades the series has hosted renowned writers who share their work and expertise with students and the community.

Afternoon master classes and evening readings will take place on the Rollins College campus on four consecutive Thursdays, beginning on February 5. The events are free to the public. Parking is available in the SunTrust Plaza Parking Garage at no charge.

Best-selling novelist Sapphire will speak on February 5 at 7:30 p.m. at Bush Auditorium (master class at 4 p.m.). She is the author of Push and The Kid. The New York Times bestseller, Push—about an illiterate, brutalized Harlem teenager—was made into the Academy Award-winning major motion picture Precious, which received the Academy Award for Best Screenplay. Sapphire is also the author of two collections of poetry: American Dreams, cited by Publisher's Weekly as, "One of the strongest debut collections of the nineties,” and Black Wings and Blind Angels. Sapphire's works speak to issues of overcoming adversity and empowerment.

Former two-time poet laureate Natasha Trethewey will speak on February 12 at 7:30 p.m. at Bush Auditorium (master class at 4 p.m.). She is the author of Thrall; Native Guard, for which she won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize; Bellocq’s Ophelia; Domestic Work; and Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. On the PBS series Where Poetry Lives, Trethewey travels with Senior Correspondent Jeffrey Brown across the United States to explore societal issues through a link to poetry, literature and her own personal experiences.

Award-winning author Katie Farris and renowned Swedish translator and author Malena Mörling will speak on February 19 at Bush Auditorium (Mörling’s master class at 2 p.m.; Farris’ master class at 4 p.m.). Farris is the author of boysgirls, and her work has appeared in various journals, including Virginia Quarterly Review, Verse, Indiana Review and Mid-American. She is the co-translator of several collections of poetry, including Polina Barskova’s This Lamentable City and Guy Jean's If I Were Born in Prague. Mörling is the author of two books of poetry: Ocean Avenue and Astoria. She also has published translations of work by Nobel Laureate Tomas Tranströmer and collaborated with Philip Levine on Edith Södergran’s On Foot I Wandered Through the Solar Systems and the anthology The Star By My Head, Poets From Sweden.

Acclaimed writer Amy Bloom will speak on February 26 at 7:30 p.m. at Bush Auditorium (master class at 4 p.m.). Bloom is author of the novels Away (a New York Times bestseller) and Love Invents Us. Her short fiction includes Where the God of Love Hangs Out, also a New York Times bestseller; Come to Me; and A Blind Man Can See How Much I Love You. Her first nonfiction book was Normal: Transsexual CEOs, Crossdressing Cops and Hermaphrodites with Attitudes, a staple of university sociology and biology courses. Her essays have been published in The New Yorker, Vogue, The Atlantic Monthly, and Salon.

Discussions and readings are free and open to the public. Guests are encouraged to arrive early, as seating is limited. For more information, visit the Winter With the Writers website at www.rollins.edu/winterwiththewriters.


Founded in 1885, Rollins College is Florida’s oldest recognized college. Located in Winter Park, near Orlando, Rollins is consistently ranked as one of the top regional universities in the South by U.S. News & World Report. In addition to full-time undergraduate programs in Arts & Sciences and the College of Professional Studies, Rollins offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs for working adults through its evening program at the Hamilton Holt School and graduate business degree programs through its Crummer Graduate School of Business, which has been ranked a top MBA program by Forbes and Bloomberg Businessweek. Rollins serves approximately 3,200 degree-seeking students annually. For more information, visit www.rollins.edu. “Like” Rollins on Facebook and follow on Twitter @RollinsCollege.

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