PRESIDENTIAL LECTURE WITH INARA VERZEMNIEKS

Date: 
Tuesday, February 12, 2019

The Many Words For Home: Writing to Capture the Complexities of Place, Identity & Family

Presidential Lecture, University of Guam: Inara Verzemnieks

February 12, 2019 | 6 p.m.

Admission to this event is free and open to the public.

Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis on the evening of this lecture. Online tickets will not be issued for this event; online registration will not be accepted.

Presented by Humanities Guåhan and the University of Guam.

Humanities Guåhan is pleased to present “I Come From Here: Portraying Place, Community and History,” an upcoming series of creative writing and journalism workshops and readings featuring writer Inara Verzemnieks.

As part of this series, Verzemnieks will read from her work at a Presidential Lecture at the University of Guam, in a presentation entitled "The Many Words For Home: Writing to Capture the Complexities of Place, Identity & Family." This event is free and open to the public.

Verzemnieks is author of the acclaimed memoir, Among the Living and the Dead: A Tale of Exile and Homecoming on the War Roads of Europe, and a 2007 Pulitzer Prize Finalist in Feature Writing for her work in the Oregonian. A staff writer for the Oregonian for thirteen years, Verzemnieks has also written for the New York Times Magazine, the AtlanticTin House, the Iowa Review, and Creative Nonfiction. She now teaches creative nonfiction at the University of Iowa, consistently ranked as the top school for creative writing in the nation. Winner of the Rona Jaffe Award and a Pushcart Prize, Verzemnieks was recently awarded the Anšlavs Eglitis and Veronika Janelsina Literary Prize, one of the largest awards in Latvian literature.

The aim of the “I Come From Here: Portraying Place, Community and History” workshop and reading series is to inspire members of Guam’s community to think deeply and creatively about their own complex connections to Guam, Micronesia and the larger Asia-Pacific region.

Verzemnieks has been celebrated for her own placed-based writing, most recently for her memoir, which is centered on her family’s home in Latvia and brutal separation of her grandparents’ family from that home in the midst of war. The Washington Post called the book “exquisitely written,”; the New York Times Book Review praised the book as “thoughtful and eloquent,”; Booklist said of Verzemnieks’ work, “Spellbinding and poetic, this is a moving tribute to the enduring promise of home.”

For more information, please contact Humanities Guåhan at 671-472-4460 or info@humanitiesguahan.org.

FAQs

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Tickets will not be issued for this event. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis on the evening of this lecture.

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Contact Humanities Guåhan at (671) 472-4460/1, Tues-Sat. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., email us at info@humanitiesguahan.org, or message us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/guam.council.