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University professor achieves multiple milestones in 2011

February 17, 2012

John Biguenet, Robert Hunter Distinguished Professor at Loyola University New Orleans, achieved multiple milestones and accomplishments over the past year, including interviews on television and radio programs and appearances in various literary publications.

His novel, “Oyster,” was published in Dutch and received rave reviews by the Amsterdam press. “Rising Water” was selected as one of five plays published in the book, “Katrina on Stage,” and Biguenet’s play, “Shotgun,” was performed in Asheville, N.C. and Las Vegas. The short film, “40 Views of Water,” written by Biguenet and directed by Tom Varisco, was selected as an award winner at the Love Unlimited Film Festival in Portland, Ore. and was a New Orleans Film Festival selection.

Biguenet’s poetry, fiction and nonfiction are included in three new anthologies: “The Southern Poetry Anthology,” “Something in the Water: 20 Louisiana Stories” and “Between Song and Story: Essays for the Twenty-first Century.”

His short story “Grip” appears in the fall 2011 issue of Fiction Southeast, while his poem “Scrimshaw” was featured on the “Louisiana Poet Laureate’s Bookshelf” on KRVS-FM. His conversation with acclaimed novelist Valerie Martin appears in the current issue of Brick Magazine, and his “Honesty and Institutional Racism” blog was featured on Florida Studio Theatre’s forum in conjunction with the production of David Mamet’s “Race.”

An interview about Biguenet’s fiction and plays was aired on “Les Carnets de route de François Busnel,” a weekly broadcast by one of France’s national television networks that explores the U.S. through the eyes of its writers. Biguenet was also featured in the article “The Literary Life: Writing Jobs,” in Poets & Writers Magazine, and The American Scholar published “Deluge Trilogy,” a profile of his plays. Additionally, “John Biguenet: An Interview and Reading,” was released by The Knox Writers’ House Recording Project.

In 2011, Biguenet chaired the literary jury of United States Artists and served on the jury for the 2011 National Translation Award. He spoke about “Fall and Recovery” to a group of visiting international writers under the auspices of the U.S. Department of State’s Writers in Motion Program, administered by the International Writing Program of The University of Iowa.

He spoke to the weekly seminar of all majors and minors in the Department of Theatre Arts and directed a playwriting workshop at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. He also spoke on a panel, “Through the Looking Glass: Translators Being Translated,” and attended a meeting of the endowment committee at the 34th national conference of the American Literary Translators Association in Kansas City. Biguenet also presented “Writing for the Stage: A Conversation with John Biguenet and Nilo Cruz” and chaired “Master Class: Non-Fiction” at Words & Music 2011: A Writer’s Conference of the Faulkner Society.

Biguenet gave the masterclass, “Function Follows Form: Why Genre Matters,” and spoke on a panel, “Song and Story: A Conversation about New Forms of the Essay,” at the Louisiana Book Festival in Baton Rouge. Last fall, he chaired a panel on “Protestants, Catholics, and ‘The Moviegoer’” at ‘The Moviegoer’ at 50 Conference of the Walker Percy Center for Writing and Publishing and was featured in “A Conversation with John Biguenet” as the culminating event of Loyola’s First-Year Experience Common Reading Program.

Biguenet was also invited to be the keynote speaker at the 2011 Scholastic Writing Awards of Southeast Louisiana Awards Ceremony and presented the 2011 Humanities Book of the Year Award at the statewide awards ceremony of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, on which he serves as a member of its board of directors. He spoke about his writing to students at Thurgood Marshall Early College High School in New Orleans, under the auspices of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation Writers in the Schools Program, based in Washington, D.C.

For more information, contact Biguenet at biguenet@loyno.edu or 504-865-2474.

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