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ISU Women’s Program, Rocky Mountain Writer’s Festival to host novelist Doenges April 2

March 7, 2007

The Idaho State University Women’s Program and the annual Rocky Mountain Writer’s Festival are hosting visiting author Judy Doenges. The public is invited to a reading from her new novel at 7 p.m. April 2 at the Piccolo Art Gallery in old town Pocatello on 501 North Main Street. To learn more about the annual Rocky Mountain Writer’s Festival visit www.rockymountainwriters.com.

    Doenges will be visiting Dr. Brian Norman’s Feminist Thought class from 1 to 2:15 p.m. April 3 in the ISU Kegal Liberal Arts Building Room 326. ISU Women’s studies students and creative writing students are invited to attend.

    Doenges is an associate professor of English at Colorado State Univeristy. She is the author of the novel “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World” (University of Michigan Press, 2006) and the short fiction collection, “What She Left Me” (University Press of New England, 1999), which won a Ferro-Grumley Award, a Washington State Governor’s Writers Award, the Bakeless Prize and was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.

    Doenges’ stories have appeared in the Georgia Review, Nimrod, Green Mountains Review, Evergreen Chronicles, and elsewhere. Her reviews and editorials have appeared in The Washington Post, The Seattle Times and The Progressive. She has received grants and fellowships for the National Endowment for the Arts, Artist Trust, the Ohio Arts Council, Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, among others.

    “I read Judy Doenges’ first novel in an almost dreamlike state of absorption,” said Jennifer Egan, author of “Look at Me,” “The Keep,” “The Invisible Circus” and “Emerald City.” “The atmosphere of small-town 1970s demimonde is sharp and authoritative. Doegnes’ tale of sexual awakening is enlivened by some of the most arresting prose I’ve seen from a contemporary; line by line, chapter by chapter, this book is a thrilling testament to Doenges’ monumental talent.”

    For more information, contact Norman at 282-4384 or normbria@isu.edu.


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