The UST Center for Creative Writing and Literary Studies (UST CCWLS) hosted the International Writers and Scholars Series held recently at the Conference Hall of the Benavides Library with Prof. Robin Hemley as guest speaker. Accompanying Prof. Hemley were International Programmes Senior Associate Director Ms. Lindsay T. Allen, and 18 students under the Creative Writing program of the Yale-National University of Singapore (NUS) College, Singapore.
During his lecture titled “Travel Tales with Robin Hemley,” Hemley read excerpts from his forthcoming book “Borderline Citizen: Dispatches from the Outskirts of Nationhood.” The lecture was attended by the CCWLS Resident Fellows, UST faculty members and students who are under the Creative Writing program. After the lecture, the students from Yale-NUS College interacted with students from UST, and went on a campus tour, facilitated by the Office of Public Affairs.
A prolific writer, Hemley, who is director of the Writing Program and the Writer-in-Residence of the Yale-NUS College, Singapore, has published more than a dozen books of nonfiction and fiction, including the novel “The Last Studebaker;” “ Nola: A Memoir of Faith, Art, and Madness;” “Invented Eden, The Elusive, Disputed History of the Tasaday” which deals with the purported anthropological hoax, among others.
Hemley is a multi-awarded writer and the founder and past president of NonfictioNOW, the leading international conference for literary nonfiction. Some of his awards are the Nelson Algren Award for Fiction from The Chicago Tribune, the George Garrett Award for Fiction from Willow Springs, three Pushcart Prizes, among others.
The International Writers and Scholars Series was organized by UST CCWLS Assistant Director Ralph Semino Galán, who also served as emcee during the event.