Heather Sellers Named to St. Lawrence University
Professorship for Spring Semester
Posted November 12, 2001
HOLLAND -- Dr. Heather Sellers of the Hope College
English faculty has been appointed to a prestigious visiting
professorship at St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y.,
for the spring semester.
The university's Creative Writing Program has
announced that Sellers has been selected to be the Viebranz
Visiting Professor of Creative Writing for the spring of
2002. She is currently on a year-long sabbatical leave from
Hope, where she is an associate professor of English.
The Viebranz professorship was created by friends
of Salfred C. Viebranz, an SLU trustee emeritus and
graduate. The donors stipulate that "the intended end
product of the endowment is to attract visiting writers
capable of inspiring students of already recognized talent
to rise to a new level of proficiency."
Sellers will spend the spring semester in
residence at St. Lawrence. She will give a public reading
from her work on Thursday, Feb. 7, in the SLU Writers
Series. She will also teach two fiction writing courses,
one at the introductory level and one for advanced students.
In addition to participating in English Department
activities, she will have time to continue working on her
Sellers has been a member of the Hope faculty
since 1995. She earned her bachelor's, master's and
doctorate at Florida State University, in 1985, 1988 and
1992 respectively. Her stories and poems have been
published in many journals and magazines, including "New
Stories from the South," "Five Points," "Alaska Quarterly
Review" and "Sonora Review," and have received numerous
awards and honors. She was one of only 30 writers
nationally to receive a National Endowment for the Arts
grant for 2000-02.
Her book "Georgia Under Water," a collection of
linked short stories published in 2001 by Sarabande Books of
Louisville, Ky., has been chosen for the Barnes and Noble
"Discover Great New Writers" program. She is also author of
a children's story "Spike and Cubby's Ice Cream Island
Adventure," to be published later this year by Henry Holt.
During her current 2001-02 sabbatical leave,
Sellers is working on a novel, "The Plain and Simple Truth,"
a sequel to "Georgia Under Water." Work on the novel has
been assisted by a residency awarded to her this fall by the
Ragdale Foundation, an internationally acclaimed artists'
community located in Lake Forest, Ill.