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Loyola’s Women’s Resource Center and the Women’s Studies Committee Present Southern Women Writers during the Fall Semester

Loyola press release - September 15, 2001

The Loyola University Women’s Resource Center and the Women’s Studies Committee will host readings and discussions with two Southern women writers during the fall semester. These readings and discussions are the first in a series that will be sponsored by the Women’s Resource Center at Loyola.

First will be best-selling writer Rosemary Daniell who has won wide acclaim for her daring and humorous depictions of women navigating the turbulent waters of the post ’60s South. Daniell will read and discuss obstacles women writers face on Tuesday, September 25, 2001, from 12:30 – 2 p.m. in the Women’s Resource Center located in Mercy Hall, Room 103. The presentation is free and open to the public. A book signing will follow.

In poetry, essays, novels, and memoirs, Daniell has for over three decades championed women’s efforts to liberate themselves and their sexuality in a world determined to keep them repressed. She has been compared with such writers as Erica Jong, Dorothy Allison, Carson McCullers, and Flannery O’Connor. Her books include Fatal Flowers, Sleeping with Soldiers, A Sexual Tour of the Deep South, The Hurricane Season, Confessions of a Female Chauvinist, and The Woman Who Spilled Words All Over Herself.

A nationally known teacher of writing, Daniell is also the founder of the Zona Rosa writer’s group, a network for women writers throughout the United States, and author of Writing and Living the Zona Rosa Way.

Second will be upcoming writer Marsha Recknagel and author of the just released If Nights Could Talk. Recknagel will read from her just published memoir on Wednesday, October 17, 2001 at 7 p.m. in Nunemaker Auditorium. A four-page excerpt of her book was published in the September issue of Vogue magazine and it was also featured in the September issue of "O" magazine and included in the September issue of "Elle" recommended reading list. Recknagel teaches creative writing at Rice University in Houston and is a native of Shreveport.

For more information about these readings and discussions, call the Women’s Resource Center at 864-7880.