20th Annual Mary Jane Malone Lecture, Tuesday, 10/10 at 6:30

 Please join us on Tuesday, 10/10 at 6:30 p.m. to hear award-winning novelist and poet Ashley Mace Havird! Copies of Havird’s work will be available for purchase, and the author will sign books following her lecture.

Havird grew up on a tobacco farm in South Carolina, and her experiences and sense of place permeate her poetry and prose works. Havird states that her works “owe their beginnings to the landscape of [her] childhood, the farms and swamps and woodlands of the American South.”

Her prose works include short stories, published in The Virginia Quarterly Review and elsewhere, and her first novel, Lightningstruck, winner of the 2015 Ferrol Sams award for fiction from Mercer University Press. Lightningstruck, Havird says, carries her memories of both “the beauty and the ugliness” of a “landscape that no longer exists,” the tobacco farms of the South during the Civil Rights era.

Many of her poems are likewise rooted in the south of her childhood, some “dragging the dust and folklore of the South to Europe and the Caribbean.” Her poems have been published in numerous journals and anthologies, including Shenandoah, Southern Humanities ReviewThe Southern Review, and The Southern Poetry Anthology: Volume 4, Louisiana. She has also published two chapbooks, Sleeping with Animals (2014) and The Dirt Eaters (2009), which won the 2008 South Carolina Poetry Initiative Prize. Her collection of poems, The Garden of the Fugitives, was the 2013 winner of the X.J. Kennedy Poetry Prize.

Havird lives in Shreveport, LA, with her husband, the poet David Havird, and “their own best dog in the world.”