Saturday, October 30, 2010

4 former students read

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This afternoon at Penn's "homecoming" weekend, we at the Writers House celebrated its 15th year by hosting an event, open to all, that featured four alumni writers (all former students of mine): Eric Umansky, who read an essay he'd published in Salon; Kerry Sherin Wright, former long-time director of KWH, who read part of a short story; Suzanne Maynard Miller, who, with some actor friends, staged three scenes from a new play; and Alicia Oltuski, who read about half of a short story about an East German family, soon after the fall of the Berlin Wall, that set up a falling-of-wall re-enactment in the family store each day for tourists. The video embedded above is of Alicia reflecting on her years at the Writers House.