Melanie Brown Lecturer | Chatham University, Pittsburgh, PA

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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.


Cristina Garcia

2019 Melanie Brown Lecturer

Cristina Garcia

Cristina García is the author of seven novels, including: Dreaming in CubanThe Agüero SistersMonkey HuntingA Handbook to LuckThe Lady Matador’s HotelKing of Cuba, and the recently published Here in Berlin.

García has edited two anthologies, Cubanísimo: The Vintage Book of Contemporary Cuban Literature and Bordering Fires: The Vintage Book of Contemporary Mexican and Chicano/a Literature. Her books for young readers include The Dog Who Loved the MoonI Wanna Be Your Shoebox, and the young adult novel, Dreams of Significant Girls. A collection of poetry, The Lesser Tragedy of Death, was published in 2010.

Her work has been nominated for a National Book Award and translated into fourteen languages. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Writers’ Award, a Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University, and an NEA grant, among others. García has taught at universities nationwide. She was University Chair in Creative Writing at Texas State University-San Marcos and Visiting Professor at the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas-Austin.

Currently, García is playwright-in-residence at the Brava Theater Center in San Francisco.

Lecture Date: October 2, 2019


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