Acclaimed poet, novelist Piercy to address 'Women and Work'

Noted poet, bestselling novelist and leading feminist literary figure Marge Piercy and her husband will appear Wednesday, April 20, at SUNY Oswego for an Ernst & Young Lecture Series event.

Piercy, whose novels include “Gone to Soldiers” and “The Longings of Women,” and playwright/novelist Ira Wood will read poetry and fiction as part of a presentation titled “Women and Work” at 7:15 p.m. in Tyler Hall’s Waterman Theatre. The event is free and open to the public.

Marge Piercy.A popular speaker on college campuses, Piercy has been a featured writer on Bill Moyers’ PBS specials, Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion,” Terri Gross’ “Fresh Air,” NBC’s “Today” show and many other programs nationwide, including “Air America” and “Oprah & Friends.”

During their visit to SUNY Oswego, co-sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Ernst & Young Women’s Studies Lecture Series, Piercy and Wood will conduct a writing workshop from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, April 21, in Room 203 (changed to Room 114 as of April 19) of the Campus Center.

New York Times reviewer Patricia Volk wrote of Piercy’s “Longings of Women”: “Marge Piercy can seat 15 strangers around a Thanksgiving table, and by the time dessert is served you’ll know all of them. Her paragraph on Leila’s interview techniques for talking with battered women is a miniature master class. These characters are so authentic, you’ll want to shake them.”

Piercy’s collections of poetry include “What Are Big Girls Made of?” “The Crooked Inheritance” and “The Hunger Moon,” and she wrote a critically acclaimed memoir, “Sleeping with Cats.” Piercy and Wood have teamed on a play and a novel.

Robert Feinberg, a 1978 alumnus of SUNY Oswego, endowed the lecture series on women and work in 2003, with a matching gift from his employer, global accounting and business advisory firm Ernst & Young.

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(Posted: Apr 06, 2011)

Tags: women's studies, marge piercy, ernst & young, creative writing