Jo-Ann Mapson, the author of eleven novels and a book of short stories, read her work for an appreciative audience at Konover Auditorium on October 28. Her novels include Hank & Chloe, Blue Rodeo, which was made into a CBS TV movie starring Kris Kristofferson, The Wilder Sisters and Bad Girl Creek were both Los Angeles Times bestsellers, and Solomon’s Oak won the American Library Association’s RUSA award for women’s fiction. Her work is widely anthologized and her literary papers are being collected by Boston University’s 20th- Century Author’s Collection. She is core faculty and co-creator of The University of Alaska Anchorage’s low-residency MFA Program in Writing.
The Aetna Writer-in-Residence Program began in 2003. Supported by funding from the Aetna Chair in Writing, UConn’s Creative Writing Program invites a nationally or internationally-known author to campus for a residency each semester. Each author spends three days on campus offering tutorials for students, holding Q&A sessions with the campus community, leading master classes in creative writing, sharing meals with students, and giving a public reading of his or her work. As a result of the Aetna Writer-in-Residence program, UConn graduate and undergraduate students can participate in an intense hands-on learning experience with some of today’s most exciting authors.
Past Aetna Writers-in-Residence included Eduardo Corral, Andre Dubus III, G.C. Waldrep, Margot Livesey, Shara McCallum, Connie Voisine, Edmund White, Colum McCann, Lynne McMahon, Fay Weldon, Phillis Levin, Allen Kurzweil, Naeem Murr, Steve Almond, C.D. Wright, Stuart O’Nan, and Beth Ann Fennelly.