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August 29, 2001 - Grand Rapids, Michigan, August 29, 2001 Aquinas College is pleased to welcome Clarence Major, Ph.D., as part of the 2001/2002 Contemporary Writers Series on Monday, September 10, 2001 at 7:30 p.m. in the Wege Student Center Ballroom. Admission is free of charge.

Major, Professor of English, University of California, Davis, is a writer of poetry, fiction and non-fiction. His published books include Afterthoughts: Essays and Criticism, (1998), and All Night Visitors, (1998). He was recently nominated for the 1999 National Book Award in poetry for Configurations: New
Selected Poems 1958-1998 (Copper Canyon Press, 1999). Major also received the Pushcart Prize literary award for his story, My Brother Mitch, Boulevard, (1989).

The Aquinas College Contemporary Writers Series is coordinated by a steering committee consisting of members of the Aquinas staff and faculty representing the Friends of the Woodhouse Library, the English Department, and the Student Activities Department. In addition to public readings, visiting writers will meet with creative writing students in workshops and will offer readings for students in the College's first and second year core courses.