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Fall 2020 Harman Writer-in-Residence: Xiaolu Guo
Born in China, Xiaolu Guo is a writer and filmmaker. Her feature She, a Chinese (2009) won the top award at the Locarno International Film Festival. The first of her novels to be written in English, A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers, has been translated into 26 languages, and her 2017 memoir, Nine Continents, won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography.
Guo will be teaching JRN 3650/3650H Visual Narratives: Writing for Film and Television. Her course will focus on the role of the screenwriter and examine various methods of developing a dramatic screenplay. In-class workshops will address the construction of dialogue, characters, scenes, and stories, as students learn to edit and critique their own and others' work.
Thank you, Jennifer Clement!
Photo Credit: Barbara Sibley
This semester we had the wonderful novelist and poet Jennifer Clement, author of the novels Gun Love and Prayers for the Stolen, and the memoir Widow Basquiat, teach our young writers how to create worlds in which their stories can come alive. Clement is a believer in Gustave Flaubert's idea that a writer can imagine anything and the beauty of writing is that, for a moment, one can no longer be oneself. At semester’s end, Clement—via videoconferencing, alas!—delivered a brilliant Lectio Magistralis for the Premio Gregor von Rezzori in Florence, Italy on “Poems and Errors.” You can read it here.
Thank you to Jennifer Clement for encouraging students to open up their minds and step into new worlds. We’re inspired by your brilliant literary work and fiercely committed activism and wish you all the best with the centennial celebration of International PEN that you’ll be presiding over next year.
Congratulations! Former Harman Director’s Book Chosen as First-Year Text
The incoming class of Fall 2020 will be reading former Harman Director Bridgett Davis’ memoir The World According to Fannie Davis: My Mother's Life in the Detroit Numbers. This exciting news comes after the announcement that the book will be adapted as a feature film by Searchlight Pictures. Its selection comes during a critical time in our world. As Davis says: “This memoir about my family is, I believe, a timely illustration of the racial discrimination that has continued to impact African-American lives for hundreds of years.” Many books are reviewed by the First-Year Text Committee but only one is chosen and this year we are proud and delighted that it was by our very own Bridgett Davis!
Read more about Davis’ award-winning book in this Baruch News Alert.
Beth Macy's Dopesick to be Adapted into Hulu Drama Series
Our Fall '19 Writer-in-Residence was award-winning journalist Beth Macy, and we are thrilled that her groundbreaking book Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors and the Drug Company that Addicted America will be adapted into a Hulu drama series starring Michael Keaton. Macy taught the Fall 2019 Narrative Writing course at Baruch College, instructing her students in casting light on the underdogs and outcasts of society in their work. Macy has been going to Los Angeles to work on the script, and amid her travels came down with coronavirus earlier this spring, an ordeal we’re very glad to say she has since recovered from.
For more information:
Prof. Esther Allen, Harman Director
Visit Baruch College's Digital Media Library to watch full readings by Harman Writers-In-Residence.