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Karen Brennan Reading at Warren Wilson College

20 Nov 2013

Karen Brennan, author of the memoir “Being with Rachel,” will give a public reading Nov. 20 at Warren Wilson College. The reading, free and open to the public, will begin at 7 p.m. in the Cole Room of the Warren Wilson library, at the south entrance to campus.

Brennan, this year’s Writer in Residence of the Warren Wilson College Creative Writing Program, is the author of numerous award-winning short stories and poetry collections. She will be on campus Nov. 18-22, giving lectures, attending classes, and consulting with student writers. Brennan is a faculty member of Warren Wilson’s MFA Program for Writers, an NEA Fellow and professor emerita at the University of Utah.

Already fascinated by the workings of memory, Brennan turned the tragedy of her daughter's near-fatal motorcycle accident – and her subsequent inability to speak or walk or remember recent events – into "Being with Rachel," a work that helped them both heal.

“Why am I writing this story?” Brennan asks. “I am writing to discover the situation in which my daughter and I find ourselves. I am writing as a way of grieving, because writing is the only way I know how to work out my loss. And I think if I can construct the story of Rachel's recovery, it might deliver me once and for all to hopefulness.”

For more information on the Nov. 20 reading, call Catherine Reid, director of Warren Wilson’s Creative Writing Program, at 828-771-2017.