Geraldine Lyon Owen Speaker Series

GLO Speaker Series 2014-15: “The Life of Writing”

Sponsored by the Geraldine Lyon Owen (’27) Endowment in English. Organized by Laura Long, Geraldine Lyon Owen Professor of English (434.544.8553 or ).

In these informal talks, accomplished writers, teachers, and scholars present research and discuss the power and process of writing. The talks are cordially open to the LC community and the public.

Spring 2015

Laura-Gray StreetLaura-Gray Street

Tues., Feb. 17, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Schewel 231

Inhabiting the Damp Impervious

Laura-Gray Street is author of Pigment and Fume and co-editor of The Ecopoetry Anthology. She is the recipient of editors’ prizes from The Greensboro Review, Isotope, and and of fellowships from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the Artist House at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Street teaches and directs the Creative Writing Program at Randolph College.


english-sue-eisenfeld-smallSue Eisenfeld

Thurs., Feb. 26, both events in Schewel 231

4:30-5:30 p.m., Professional Writing: Tips for Students
6-7 p.m., Writing Shenandoah: A Story of Conservation and Betrayal

Sue Eisenfeld is a journalist and essayist with interdisciplinary expertise. Her first book, Shenandoah: A Story of Conservation and Betrayal, was published in Feb 2015. Her essays and articles appear in The New York Times, Washington Post, Gettysburg Review, and dozens of other publications, and her essays are recognized as Notable Essays in The Best American Essays of 2009, 2010, and 2013. She teaches at the Johns Hopkins University MA in Writing and MA in Science Writing programs. In 2013, she taught the nation’s first online science writing workshop. Read more at


english-chidsey-dickson-smallChidsey Dickson

Wed., Mar. 4, 1-2 p.m., Daura Gallery

Taking Risks in Teaching Writing

Chidsey Dickson likes this sentence. He doesn’t like this one. He spends a lot of his time trying to understand the pattern behind this concept. More importantly, he can untie knots in the dark. Perhaps even the bumblebee knot, though he hasn’t had the opportunity to prove this. In casual conversation, he may say something along the lines of, “you can imagine the subtext behind my asking someone to ask me to prove my untying knot abilities in the dark.” Which leads him back to liking and/or disliking sentences. If you were to stumble upon Chidsey staring out a window, this is likely what he would be pondering mixed in with the more fervent thoughts of his own utopia run by a president who prefers intimidating rhetoric to the wanton deployment of troops.


Melanie AlmederMelanie Almeder

Thurs., Mar. 19, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Schewel 231

Melanie Almeder’s first book, On Dream Street, won the Editor’s Prize from Tupelo Press. Her poems have appeared in Poetry, Five Points, and The Georgia Review, and she was awarded a Virginia Commission for the Arts grant. Recently she has collaborated with artists for exhibitions in Miami, Ireland, and Finland. She teaches creative writing and contemporary literature at Roanoke College, where she also leads a writing group at a women’s halfway house.


Fall 2014

english-bunny-goodjohn-smallB.A. Goodjohn

Fri., Sept. 26, noon, Daura Gallery

“Bunny, are you in there?”: A Search for Self in Prescribed Readers

B.A. Goodjohn has two books forthcoming in 2015: The Beginning Things, her second novel, and Bone Song, her first book of poetry. Bone Song won the Liam Rector First Book Prize for Poetry. Her first novel, Sticklebacks and Snow Globes, was named a Kirkus Best Book of 2007. Bunny teaches English at Randolph College and is Director of the Writing Program and Tutoring Services. This past summer, she participated in “Constructing Childhood: Words and Pictures,” a Jessie Ball duPont Summer Seminar at the National Humanties Center in North Carolina. Read more at


english-avery-chenoweth-smallAvery Chenoweth

Fri., Oct. 3, noon, Daura Gallery

Writing Across Boundaries

Avery Chenoweth is currently at the Darden iLab at the University of Virginia, driving an internet startup that creates and customizes virtual-reality tours of historic sites, blending immersive new technologies to share the stories of the real people who lived and died there. His four books include Radical Doubt, a novel, and Empires in the Forest: Jamestown and the Making of America, a cross-disciplinary work that Karenne Wood described as combining “exemplary empathy for native people with an imaginative, fresh interpretation of the colonial records.”


english-mary-carroll-hackett-smallMary Carroll-Hackett

Wed., Nov. 12, 3 p.m., Daura Gallery

Biscuits, Bones, and Books: How Nothing Gets Left Out of Writing

Mary Carroll-Hackett is a veteran teacher and award-winning writer of poetry, drama, and fiction. Her books and chapbooks include Three, What the Potter Said, The Real Politics of Lipstick, Animal Soul, and, most recently, the book of poems If We Could Know Our Bones. Her script OBX was given a staged reading at the National Center for Film in Toronto, and her scripts have won or placed in seven competitions. She is an Associate Professor at Longwood University, where she founded the Creative Writing programs and also founded and edited The Dos Passos Review and Briery Creek Press. She recently co-founded SPACES, an innovative online magazine. She is currently writing a memoir.