Chatham University

The Melanie Brown Lecturer Series

The Melanie Brown Lecturer Series is one of the exciting opportunities for aspiring writers to meet established authors, specifically writers of fiction, through Chatham’s MFA in Creative Writing program. The Melanie Brown Lecturer is presented each year through the generosity of The Melanie and Fred R. Brown Endowed Fund.

Melanie Brown was inspired by the MFA program’s emphasis on nurturing creative writers in part through place-based writing. The selection of each year’s Melanie Brown Lecturer is guided by the desire to highlight fiction writers with a strong sense of place in her or his writing. Students will have opportunities to interact with the Melanie Brown Lecturer both in and out of the classroom.

Karene Bender

2015 Melanie Brown Lecturer
Karene Bender

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Karen E. Bender is the author of the story collection Refund (Counterpoint Press) and the novels Like Normal People (Houghton Mifflin) and A Town of Empty Rooms (Counterpoint Press). Her fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, Ploughshares, Narrative, Zoetrope, Guernica, The Harvard Review, and others, and have been reprinted in Best American Short Stories, Best American Mystery Stories, New Stories from the South, and won two Pushcart prizes. Her stories have been read on the Selected Shorts program on NPR and she has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Rona Jaffe foundation. Her nonfiction has appeared in, Real Simple, the New York Times Book Review, and O magazine. She is also co-editor of the anthology Choice: True Stories of Birth, Contraception, Infertility, Adoption, Single Parenthood and Abortion (Macadam Cage). She has taught creative writing for the low residency programs at Chatham University and Antioch University Los Angeles, the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and Tunghai University in Taiwan.

Lecture Date: October 2, 2015


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