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February 22, 2002
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Successful author to read from work

A prestigious undergraduate writing award, followed by a graduate writing award; two novels published simultaneously at the age of 26; teaching positions at Harvard University and Bennington College before the age of 40; a New York Times review touting her as "a born novelist."

What may sound like the wish list of a young writer is actually the highly successful path of Susquehanna's next visiting writer, Jill McCorkle, has taken.

McCorkle will read from her work Monday, Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the Degenxt!

MENU! FREF2ĂštoknAn opening in her schedule led McCorkle to take her first creative writing course during her junior year, where she met Dr. Louis Rubin. McCorkle never looked back, she said.

McCorkle has been listed on the "New York Times Book Review" Notable Books of the Year list four times. In 1996, she was listed as part of Granta Magazine's "Best of Young American Novelists" collection, and in 1999, North Carolina Gov. James Hunt presented McCorkle with the North Carolina Award for Literature.

A conference was held recently on her books, the musical adaptation of her first novel, "The Cheer Leader," and the book published about McCorkle, aptly titled "Understanding Jill McCorkle."

McCorkle's short stories are widely published in literary journals, commercial magazines and anthologies, including The Atlantic Monthly, Cosmopolitan and Ladies' Home Journal.

"Tending to Virginia," McCorkle's third novel, "celebrates human connection, not the sort of passionate and exotic connection that all these women imagine, fear and desire, so much as the steady comfort of the familiar, the known, the reliable, which is perhaps synonymous with family," according to a review in the Atlanta Journal & Constitution.

Most recently, McCorkle released a collection of short stories titled "Final Vinyl Days," which drew praise from Meg Wolitzer, writing for the New York Times Book Review.

"This is fiction with languid ease and assurance, though the wit is constantly in evidence. McCorkle's work always comes fully carbonated," Wolitzer wrote.

McCorkle currently teaches at Harvard University and Bennington College.

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