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Creative Writing Forum Announced, Fall 2002

September 9, 2002

WALTHAM--Bentley College announces the fall 2002 Creative Writing Forum. All readings and events are free and open to the public.

Monday, September 30
7:30 p.m.
The Commons, Adamian Academic Center
Eric Ormsby reads from his poetry collection, Araby.
Araby tells the stories of two characters: a semi-nomadic poet/auto mechanic and his sidekick. The poems recount the lives and deaths of the characters and evoke the difficult terrain they share, not only with camels, wolves, and vultures, but also with the mysterious jinn, beings of pure fire. Ormsby is a professor in the Institute of Islamic Studies at McGill University in Montreal. His poetry has appeared in The New Yorker, The New Republic, Paris Review, The Oxford American and others.

Monday, October 21
7:30 p.m.
The Commons, Adamian Academic Center
Juan Alonso reads from his highly acclaimed story, The Chipped Wall.
The theme of The Chipped Wall, written as letters between two old friends, centers around one man¿s search for an identity he feels he lost 30 years before. Alonso is the author of five novels and co-founder of The Boston Review. He lives in Cambridge and teaches at Tufts University.

Saturday, October 26
2:00-5:30 p.m.
Smith 100
The Sufi Path: Sound and Silence, Movement and Stillness
Sufi practice is based more on inner experience than outer knowledge.In this workshop, led by Arsalaan Fay of the Mevlivi Dervish Order, participants will use sound, silence, movement, stillness, breath, poetry, and music to explore the Sufi path of Love. Fay, formerly of Brookline, has been doing meditative practice since 1970, Sufi meditative practice since 1980, and Mevlevi Sufi practice since 1990.

Saturday, October 26
7:00 p.m.
Koumantzelis Auditorium, Lindsay Hall
In Celebration of Rumi: An Evening of Dance, Poetry, and Music
Readings from the poetry of Jalaluddin Rumi and traditional Mevlevi Music and Whirling Dance. Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi (1207-1273) was born in Afghanistan and produced a vast body of mystical poetry and inspired the founding of the Mevlevi order of Sufis. He is traditionally associated with the ceremony of Sema, the turning or whirling dance practiced by sufis. The evening event will consist of readings in English and Farsi from Rumi's poetry (with musical accompaniment), and the four movements of the Sema, performed by dervishes from a Sufi community in Putney, VT. There will be a reception with refreshments after the event, and the evening will end with zikr, the Sufi practice of chanting and movement.

Wednesday, November 13
6:30 p.m.
Wilder Pavilion, Adamian Academic Center
Screening of The Piano, written and directed by Jane Campion.
The screening will be followed by a panel discussion, "What is a feminist film?"

Thursday, November 21
3:30 p.m.
Wilder Pavilion, Adamian Academic Center
Leslie Heywood reads from her memoir Pretty Good for a Girl: An Athlete's Story.
This event is co-sponsored with the Gender Issues Council.


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