Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

October 7, 1999

Whitworth College 1999-2000 Ada Redmond Reading will Feature Author and Activist Nancy Mairs

The Whitworth College English Department will host nationally recognized author and activist Nancy Mairs as its 1999-2000 Ada Redmond Reader. Confined to a wheelchair, Mairs has spoken for the disabled, for those with multiple sclerosis, and for the poor in America; she has also been a champion for women's rights and many other social justice issues.

Mairs has published works of fiction, reviews that have appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the San Francisco Times, and dozens of articles for periodicals such as Sojourner, The Chicago Tribune, Christian Century, and Poets and Writers.

She has also published two books of poetry and six books of essays including Ordinary Time: Cycles in Marriage, Faith, and Renewal; Voice Lessons: On Becoming a (Woman) Writer; and Waist-High in the World: A Life Among the Nondisabled.

Mairs attended Dartmouth's School of Criticism and Theory; has taught at the Bread Loaf Writer's Conference, the University of Arizona and UCLA; and has served as the assistant director of the Western States Project on Women in the Curriculum.

In recognition of her accomplishments Mairs has received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a William P. Sloane Fellowship, and a Western States Book Award.

Mairs will read from her essays and poetry Friday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m. at Whitworth College's Hixson Union Building. A reception, book sale and signing will follow the reading. Disabled access is available and the event is free and open to the public. For more information contact the Whitworth College English Department at (509) 777-3253.


Doug Sugano, associate professor of English, Whitworth College, (509) 777-4212.

Julie Riddle, public information specialist, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729.

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