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ABR spring reading series begins with author Jayne Anne Phillips


Jan. 24, 2011 at 5:05 p.m.
Updated Jan. 23, 2011 at 7:24 p.m.

Jayne Ann Phillips with the covers of five of her books.

Jayne Ann Phillips with the covers of five of her books.

The American Book Review spring reading series kicks off Thursday and starting out of the gate with the first reading is author Jayne Anne Phillips.

Phillips was born and raised in West Virginia and received a bachelor's in English from West Virginia University before moving on to get her master's from the Writer's Workshop at the University of Iowa. She was only 26 when her first book of stories, "Black Tickets," was published in 1979. The book went on to win the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction, awarded by the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, according to her bio.

Among her other works is another story collection, "Fast Lanes," and four novels, "Machine Dreams," "Shelter," "Motherkind" and "Lark and Termite," according to a news release from the American Book Review. Her works have been published in 12 languages, according to her bio.

Among her numerous awards are a Guggenheim Fellowship, two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, a Bunting Fellowship, a National Book Critics Circle Award nomination and a 2004 Howard Foundation Fellowship, according to the news release.

She has taught at Boston University, Harvard, New York University and Brandeis University. Phillips is currently professor of English and director of the MFA Program at Rutgers Newark, the state university of New Jersey.



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