Hope College’s Jack Ridl Visiting Writers Series will feature Sophfronia Scott on Tuesday, Jan. 29, at 7 p.m. in the John and Dede Howard Recital Hall of the Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts.
There will also be a question-and-answer session earlier in the day, at 3:30 p.m. in the Fried-Hemenway Auditorium of the Martha Miller Center for Global Communication.
The public is invited to both events. Admission is free.
Sophfronia Scott grew up in Lorain, Ohio and holds a BA in English from Harvard and an MFA in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She began her career as an award-winning magazine journalist for Time, where she co-authored the groundbreaking cover story “Twentysomething,” the first study identifying the demographic group known as Generation X, and People. When her first novel, “All I Need to Get By,” was published by St. Martin’s Press in 2004, she was nominated for best-new-author recognition at the African American Literary Awards and hailed by Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. as “potentially one of the best writers of her generation.”
Her latest novel is “Unforgivable Love” (William Morrow). She’s also the author of an essay collection, “Love’s Long Line,” from Ohio State University Press’s Mad Creek Books and a memoir, “This Child of Faith: Raising a Spiritual Child in a Secular World,” co-written with her son, Tain, from Paraclete Press. Her essays, short stories and articles have appeared in Killens Review of Arts & Letters, Saranac Review, Numéro Cinq, Ruminate, Barnstorm Literary Journal, Sleet Magazine, NewYorkTimes.com, More, and O, The Oprah Magazine. Her essay “Why I Didn’t Go to the Firehouse” is listed among the Notables in Best American Essays 2017.
Scott teaches at Regis University’s Mile High MFA program and Bay Path University’s MFA program in creative nonfiction. She’s also delivered craft talks and held workshops at the Yale Writers’ Workshop, Antioch Writers’ Workshop, Meacham Writers’ Workshop and the Hobart Festival of Women Writers. She lives in Sandy Hook, Connecticut. Her website and blog are at Sophfronia.com
Additional information about the series can be found online.
The Martha Miller Center for Global Communication is located at 257 Columbia Ave., at the corner of Columbia Avenue and 10th Street. The Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts is located at 221 Columbia Ave., between Ninth and 10th streets.