In Fall 2004, Mary Tefft (Happy) White provided Roger Williams University with a generous gift to launch the annual program, Mary Tefft White Lecture Series.
Under this year's theme, Talking in the Library, the speakers offer compelling personal stories of unique calls to service to the community through their individual creative contributions.
Katherine Quinn is the widow of legendary actor and artist, Anthony Quinn. From 1985 until his death in 2001, she worked very closely with Anthony Quinn in his creative life as a painter, sculptor and writer. To carry on his legacy, Mrs. Quinn established the Anthony Quinn Foundation in 2001, dedicated to promoting the importance of the arts in all areas of education.
Adam Braver is the author of five novels, most recently Misfit, a novel about the life of Marilyn Monroe. His books have been selected for the Barnes and Noble Discover New Writers program, Borders' Original Voices series, the IndieNext list, and twice for the Book Sense list, as well as having been translated into multiple languages. At Roger Williams University, he is on faculty in the Creative Writing program, and Writer-in-Residence with the University Library.
Margot Livesey is the author of seven novels, most recently The Flight of Gemma Hardy. She has been the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the N.E.A., the Massachusetts Artists' Foundation and the Canada Council for the Arts. Margot is currently a distinguished writer in residence at Emerson College. She is the inaugural guest writer for Roger Williams University's new Fellowship in Fiction and Creative Nonfiction.
Shelly Puhak is the author of Stalin in Aruba, winner of the 2010 Towson Prize for Literature, and the chapbook The Consolation of Fairy Tales, winner of the 2011 Stephen Dunn Prize. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Alaska Quarterly Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, The Kenyon Review, and The Missouri Review and are included in anthologies such as A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry and Adrienne Rich: A Tribute Anthology. Puhak is assistant professor of English at Notre Dame of Maryland University in Baltimore. She is featured in the 9th year of National Poetry Month @ RWU, and her program is co-sponsored by Alive! Arts and the RWU Department of English Literature and Creative Writing.
All lectures will be held in the Mary Tefft White Cultural Center, University Library