ONEONTA, N.Y. -- As an installment in the Gender Out of Bounds speakers series and the final installment of the Spring 2010 Red Dragon Reading Series at the SUNY College at Oneonta, author Heidi Durrow will read from her debut novel, "The Girl Who Fell From the Sky," on Tuesday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the Center for Multicultural Experiences in Lee Hall. The reading will be followed by a reception and book signing. Admission to the event is complimentary, and members of the community are invited to attend.
Durrow's novel received the 2008 Barbara Kingsolver's Bellwether Prize for Literature of Social Change. She is also the author of "Light-skinn-ed Girl," which won the 2004 Lorian Hemingway Short Story Award. Her writing has appeared in "Alaska Quarterly Review," The Literary Review," "Smokelong Quarterly," "Callaloo," Poem/Memoir/Story," the "Yale Journal of Law and Feminism," "Essence" magazine, and "Newsday."
A graduate of Stanford University, the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and Yale Law School, Heidi Durrow has worked as a corporate litigator and as a consultant to the National Football League and National Basketball Association. She is the co-host of the award-winning weekly podcast "Mixed Chicks Chat" and the co-founder and co-producer of the Mixed Roots Film & Literary Festival.
Durrow's appearance at SUNY Oneonta is supported by an Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity Action (IDEA) grant from the College and sponsored by the SUNY Oneonta Departments of English and Women's and Gender Studies and the Center for Multicultural Experiences.