Visiting Writers Series to Feature
Li-Young Lee and Rainelle Burton
Posted October 16, 2001
HOLLAND -- Internationally known poet Li-Young Lee
and Michigan novelist Rainelle Burton will read at Hope
College on Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m. in the
Knickerbocker Theatre through the Visiting Writers Series.
The public is invited. Admission is free.
Lee, an Indonesian immigrant, fled to America with
his family to escape political oppression in the late 1950s.
His poetry is in countless anthologies and literary
textbooks. "The American Poetry Review" calls him "among
the finest young poets alive."
His three books of poetry and memoir have received
numerous awards, and Lee himself has been a recipient of
Guggenheim fellowship and a fellowship from the National
Endowment for the Arts.
Lee's poetry is lyrical, simple but not
simplistic, and resonant with the memories of his youth.
His poems relate the delicate balance between family and
individuality, the present, the past, and the future.
Rainelle Burton's first novel, "The Root Worker,"
has been compared to the works of Alice Walker and Toni
Morrison. A Detroit native, Burton tells the story of a
young girl trapped in a decaying family and community.
Set in the 1960s, the novel explores Ellen's
search for what she calls "glue," a place of safety where no
one will hurt her. Holding Ellen back from healing is the
Root Woman, a voodoo doctor who nearly kills Ellen in her
attempt to cleanse Ellen's soul.
Burton studied creative writing at Wayne State
University. A mother and teacher, she is a member of the
international women's writing guild.
Writer Marjorie Agosin was originally scheduled to
read during the Wednesday, Oct. 24, event, but a recent
injury caused her to cancel the appearance. The Visiting
Writers Series staff is planning to have Agosin read at a
yet-undecided future time.
Jazz music by the Hope College Jazz Ensemble will
precede the reading at 6:30 p.m. The Knickerbocker Theatre
is located in downtown Holland at 86 E. 8th St., between
College and Columbia avenues.