As in, she DID read, and if you weren’t there but wish you were, here’s a video:

 

Novelist and filmmaker Ruth Ozeki was our visiting writer at the MFA in Creative Writing Program’s spring 2015 residency in Vermont.

Ozeki’s first two novels, My Year of Meats (1998) and All Over Creation (2003), have been translated into eleven languages and published in fourteen countries. Her most recent work, A Tale for the Time Being (2013), was the winner of the LA Times Book Prize for Fiction, the Independent Bookseller Week, Book of the Year, and the Medici Book Club Prize, and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Awards, and the American Booksellers Association (ABA) Indies Choice Award for Fiction, among others.

Ozeki’s documentary and dramatic independent films, including “Halving the Bones,” have been shown on PBS, at the Sundance Film Festival, and at colleges and universities across the country. She lives in British Columbia and New York City.

“Ruth is not only a gifted writer, but a committed activist, environmentalist and Buddhist nun,” said MFA in Creative Writing Program Director Paul Selig.  “She embraces storytelling in many forms, from the woven structures of her award-winning novels to her genre-bending ‘fictional documentary’ film; she has much to offer Goddard students no matter what genre they are working in,” he said.

For a look at some of our other visiting writers, alumni and professionals, visit the Goddard MFAW official website.

Ruth Ozeki’s reading at Goddard
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Rahna Reiko Rizzuto is the author of the memoir, Hiroshima in the Morning, which was a National Book Critics Circle Finalist, an Asian American Literary Award Finalist, a Dayton Literary Peace Prize Nominee, and the winner of the Grub Street National Book Award. Her first novel, Why She Left Us, won an American Book Award in 2000. Her third book, Shadow Child, will be published by Grand Central Publishing in 2018. She is also a recipient of the U.S./Japan Creative Artist Fellowship, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. She was Associate Editor of The NuyorAsian Anthology: Asian American Writings About New York City and is a Hedgebrook alumna. Reiko has been interviewed widely on motherhood including on The Today Show, 20/20, and The View. Her articles on motherhood, Hiroshima, the Japanese internment camps and radiation poisoning have been published globally, including in the L.A. Times, Guardian UK, CNN Opinion and Salon, and through the Progressive Media Project. She is a faculty member at Goddard College in the MFA in Creative Writing program, and is the advisor of the national literary journal, Clockhouse. Reiko is Japanese/Caucasian and was raised in Hawaii. She is the founder of the writing retreat Pele's Fire on the Big Island of Hawaii.

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