Sharon May, winner of the 2007 Julia Peterkin Award, will give a free public reading Tuesday, Nov. 6 at 8 p.m. in the Barnet Room of the Montgomery Student Center at Converse College. Her visit to Converse is made possible by the Coker Visiting Writers at Converse. For more information, call (864) 596-9000 or send an E-mail.
The Julia Peterkin Award was established in 1998 by the Department of English and Creative Writing at Converse, and is a national contest honoring the finest young poets and writers in America. The award is named for Converse graduate Julia Mood Peterkin who won the 1929 Pulitzer Prize for her novel “Scarlet Sister Mary.”
May co-edited the anthology “In the Shadow of Angkor: Contemporary Writing from Cambodia” (University of Hawai’i Press, 2004). She worked in Cambodian refugee camps, researching the Khmer Rouge for the Columbia University Center for the Study of Human Rights, and has lived in the U.S., Southeast Asia and Australia. Her fiction is forthcoming in “Best New American Voices 2008” and has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Tin House, StoryQuarterly, Manoa, Alaska Quarterly Review and elsewhere.
She is the recipient of the 2005 Robie Macauley Award for Fiction and a Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University. She currently teaches at Whittier College.