Bestselling Author Kathleen Norris '69 to Speak as 2009 Olesen Fellow

Mar 12, 2009

Bestselling author and Bennington alumna Kathleen Norris '69 will speak and read from selected works on Thursday, March 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the College's Deane Carriage Barn. The event—this year's Candace DeVries Olesen '50 Lectureship for Distinguished Alumni—is free and open to the public.

"Bennington is where my life began as a writer," Norris says. "It's great to be able to come back and talk about that."

An award-winning poet and writer, Norris is the author of New York Times bestsellers The Cloister Walk; Dakota: A Spiritual Geography; Amazing Grace: A Vocabulary of Faith; and The Virgin of Bennington.

Her new book, Acedia & Me: A Marriage, Monks, and a Writer's Life, is a study of acedia, the ancient word for the spiritual side of sloth, which she examines in the light of theology, psychology, monastic spirituality, and her own experience.

The recipient of grants from the Bush and Guggenheim Foundations, Norris has also published seven books of poetry.

Read USA Today's review of Acedia & Me: A Marriage, Monks, and a Writer's Life.