Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Fiftieth Anniversary Reading

121BC, Pennsylvania Convention Center, 100 Level
Saturday, March 26, 2022
1:45 pm to 3:00 pm


Join us for a celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts! With picturesque locations in Amherst, Virginia and Auvillar, France, VCCA has been providing established and emerging artists with the gift of time and space to create for half a century. Five VCCA Fellows will share their residency experiences, and read from new work.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_Reading_Outline_2-12.pdf



Christina Baker Kline is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of eight novels, including The Exiles, Orphan Train, and A Piece of the World, and is published in forty countries. Her novels have received the New England Prize for Fiction, the Maine Literary Award, and a Barnes & Noble Discover Award, among other awards.

Patricia Chao’s novels are Monkey King (1995) and Mambo Peligroso (2005), and she has three additional manuscripts in process. Her poetry and essays have appeared in various anthologies and journals. She also reviews and writes about world music, with a specialty in Latin.

E. Ethelbert Miller is a writer and literary activist. He was inducted into the Washington, DC Hall of Fame in 2015. In 2016 he received the AWP George Garrett Award For Outstanding Community Service in Literature. When Your Wife Has Tommy John Surgery is his most recent book.

Patricia Spears Jones is the author of A Lucent Fire: New and Selected Poems. Anthologized in BAX: Best American Experimental Writing  and Reel Verse: Poems about Movies. She was awarded the 2017 Jackson Poetry Prize, and she has taught at Hollins, Barnard, Adelphi, and Hunter.


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