The English Department Visiting Writers Series
Author and Activist Elizabeth Massie
November 13 and 14, 2012
(Sponsored by the Creative Writing Programs and Visiting Writers Committee, and co-sponsored by Women's Studies, the Women's Center, the GLBTQA Resource Room, and the College of Education and Human Services)
Two events are open to the public:
· November 13, 12:30-1:50, in 033 Rike Hall:
a “brown bag” lunch (bring your own!) discussion and activity on charity work and bullying activism
· November 14, 3:35-5:00, in 286 Millett Hall:
a fiction reading and discussion by Elizabeth Massie. Books will be for sale (cash only), and Elizabeth will be happy to sign them!
Elizabeth Massie's bio: A Waynesboro High School graduate of 1971, Elizabeth Massie attended Ferrum Junior College and Madison College (now James Madison University) and earned a degree in elementary education. She taught in public schools in Augusta County, Virginia, from 1975-1994.Elizabeth's novella, Stephen, was awarded the Bram Stoker Award and was a World Fantasy Award finalist. She has published numerous novels, including the Bram Stoker-winning Sineater, as well as Welcome Back to the Night, Wire Mesh Mothers, Sundown, and Homegrown. She has also had several short story collections published, including Southern Discomfort, Shadow Dreams, and Naked, On the Edge. Some of her Young Adult fiction work includes the Young Founders series and the Daughters of Liberty trilogy.
In addition to teaching (Elizabeth still does workshops in various places) and writing, she is actively involved in various charities and is a hard-working activist. In January 2011 she launched and continues to manage Hand to Hand Vision — Fundraising and Sharing With Others. This project, based on Facebook, auctions off quality hand-made items and then gives the money directly to those who could use some help during these tough economic times. In the same year she started and maintains Circle of Caring — Standing Up and Speaking Out Against Bullying, also on Facebook. This ongoing project brings attention to the problem of bullying by sharing information and encouraging people to be active in standing up and speaking out against it. Members receive free Circle of Caring bracelets that represent their willingness to come to the aid of those who are bullied.
Learn more about her at www.elizabethmassie.com.
For more information on the events, contact Brady Allen at email@example.com.