Geraldine Lyon Owen Speaker Series

Geraldine Lyon Owen (GLO) Speaker Series 2013-14: "The Life of Writing"

Sponsored by the Geraldine Lyon Owen ('27) Endowment and the English Department. Organized by Dr. Laura Long, Geraldine Lyon Owen Professor of English. All talks are open to the LC community and the public. For more information, contact Laura Long at

"The Life of Writing" is the theme of the Geraldine Lyon Owen Speaker Series for 2013-14. These lively, informal talks, discussions, and readings feature speakers whose love of writing crosses disciplines. Speakers include Josef Beery, a graphic artist with a poetic vision; Jessie van Eerden, whose writing presents innovative perspectives on spirituality and Appalachia; Marilyn Kallet, poet, French translator, and renowned teacher; Kristin-Paige Madonia, who writes both literary fiction and fiction popular with Young Adult (YA) readers; and David Magill, whose research includes diversity, gender, and masculinity studies in American literature and popular culture.

Spring 2014 Speakers

David MagillDr. David Magill, Mon. Feb. 3

"Representing Civil Rights and the Politics of Cultural Memory"

Dr. David Magill is Co-Chair of Women's and Gender Studies at Longwood University, where he teaches courses on American literature in all its diversities. He is currently completing a manuscript entitled Modern Masculinities: Nostalgic Manhood and American Modernism, and beginning a project on ethical manhood in contemporary American culture. He has published critical essays analyzing race and masculinity in Lost, Firefly, and 1920's films, and an article on teaching the work of Tim O'Brien. 

6 p.m., Hopwood Auditorium


Marilyn KalletMarilyn Kallet, Mon. Feb 24

Book Discussion and Reading

Dr. Marilyn Kallet is the author of 16 books, including The Love That Moves Me (poetry, 2013). She has also translated Paul Eluard’s Last Love Poems (Derniers poèmes d’amour) and Benjamin Péret’s The Big Game (Le grand jeu), and co-edited The Art of College Teaching: 28 Takes. She directs the Creative Writing Program at the University of Tennessee, where she is Nancy Moore Goslee Professor of English. Each spring she leads poetry workshops for the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in Auvillar, France. More info is here:

Two presentations; audience may attend either or both. Hopwood Auditorium.
4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Discussion of The Love That Moves Me
6 - 7 p.m. Reading; reception and booksigning to follow.


Jessie van EerdenJessie van Eerden, Mon. Mar. 17 - Cancelled

Book Discussion and Reading

Jessie van Eerden is the author of the novel Glorybound. Her fiction and nonfiction are widely published, and her essays have been selected for the anthologies Best American Spiritual Writing; Jesus Girls: True Tales of Growing Up Female and Evangelical; and Dreams and Inward Journeys: A Rhetoric and Reader for Writers. Awards include the 2012 ForeWord Editor's Choice Fiction Prize for Glorybound, and the Milton Fellowship with Image and Seattle Pacific University. She holds an MFA from the University of Iowa, and directs the low-residency MFA writing program of West Virginia Wesleyan. More info is here:

Two presentations; audience may attend either or both. Hopwood Auditorium.
4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Discussion of Glorybound
6 - 7 p.m. Reading; reception and booksigning to follow.

Event postponed due to inclement weather; rescheduled date TBA. 


Fall 2013 Speakers

Josef BeeryJosef Beery, Fri. Oct. 4

"The Printed Word Endures"

Josef Beery has been a book and publications designer for 30 years whose clients include the University of Virginia and the Thomas Jefferson Foundation. His true love is the design and printing of poetry, and he has produced books and broadsides for Tupelo Press and many poets, including Wendell Berry and U.S. poet laureate Natasha Trethewey. He co-founded the Virginia Arts of the Book Center, now a vibrant program of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. He studies and teaches the history of letterpress printing and associated forms of relief printing. More info at

Two talks: noon and 1 p.m. Daura Gallery, Dillard Fine Arts Center.


Kristen Paige MadoniaKristen-Paige Madonia, Mon. Dec. 2

"From the Slush Pile to the Book Shelf"

Kristen-Paige Madonia is the author of Fingerprints of You, a young adult literary novel (Simon & Schuster, 2012). Her literary fiction has appeared in many anthologies and journals. She is the 2012 D.H. Lawrence Fellow and has received numerous awards or residencies, including from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, Vermont Studio Center, Hambidge, Juniper Summer Writing Institute, VCCA, Hedgebrook, Millay Colony, and the Key West Literary Seminar. She holds an MFA from California State University, Long Beach and teaches creative writing at UVA. More info at

Two talks: noon and 1 p.m. Daura Gallery, Dillard Fine Arts Center.