Nationally Renowned Author Victor LaValle is a Visiting Professor at Adelphi University

Garden City, NY, February 26, 2010 --( Adelphi University is pleased to welcome Visiting Professor Victor LaValle as he joins the University for the spring 2010 semester. He will conduct a fiction workshop in the College of Arts and Sciences’ Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in Creative Writing program, and lead brown bag lunch discussions that will be open to all members of the Adelphi and local community. The luncheons will explore different writing styles using examples from classic and modern literature, and promote thoughtful discourse among participants.

“Reading work and enjoying it isn’t the same thing as when you really take it apart to learn from it,” says Mr. LaValle.

Mr. LaValle, a native of Queens, New York, is well-known for his short-story collection, Slapboxing with Jesus, which earned him the PEN/Open Book Award. His two novels, The Ecstatic and Big Machine, have also earned acclaim, with the latter being named a top 10 book of 2009 by Publishers Weekly. Though mainly a fiction writer, Mr. LaValle has written numerous essays and book reviews that have appeared in GQ, Essence Magazine, and the Washington Post, among other publications.

He has received notable distinctions including the United States Artists Ford Fellowship, the Whiting Writers Award, and fellowships to both the Fine Arts Work Center of Provincetown, Massachusetts, and the Bread Loaf Writers Conference in Vermont. Mr. LaValle earned his B.A. in English from Cornell University, and an M.F.A. in creative writing from Columbia University, where he has also taught classes.

“I believe that professor LaValle will bring energy and enthusiasm for the craft to his students,” says Assistant Professor Jacqueline Jones LaMon, director of the M.F.A. in Creative Writing program. “We are excited and all hope to learn from the brown bag discussions and readings,” she says. “Our entire community will benefit from his residency.”

For more information about the M.F.A. in Creative Writing Program, please visit To learn more about upcoming brown bag lunch discussions, please contact Jacqueline Jones LaMon at (516) 877-4164 or

About Adelphi University: Adelphi University, chartered in 1896, was the first institution of higher education for the liberal arts and sciences on Long Island. Through its schools and programs—The College of Arts and Sciences, Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, Honors College, Ruth S. Ammon School of Education, University College, and the Schools of Business, Nursing, and Social Work—the co-educational university offers undergraduate and graduate degrees as well as professional and educational programs for adults. Adelphi University currently enrolls nearly 8,500 students from 41 states and 63 foreign countries. With its main campus in Garden City and centers in Manhattan, Hauppauge, and Poughkeepsie, the University maintains a commitment to liberal studies in tandem with rigorous professional preparation and active citizenship.

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