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Verlyn Klinkenborg, Author & Essayist, Serving as 2005 Moseley Fellow at Pomona College

Verlyn Klinkenborg, acclaimed essayist and author, is teaching an advanced writing course on the literary essay for the spring 2005 semester as the Moseley Fellow in Creative Writing at Pomona College. As part of his appointment, he will continue a tradition of prominent authors reading from their works at Pomona on March 24, at 7:30 p.m. The reading will be held in Crookshank Hall (Room 101), 140 West Sixth Street, Claremont.

The Moseley Fellowship is made possible through funding from the Louisa and Francis Moseley Memorial Instruction Fund. The Fund was created in 1985 from an estate gift from Francis and Louisa Moseley. The donors expressed that the gift should be used "to support efforts of the English Department of the College to improve writing of students."

Klinkenborg, a member of the Pomona Class of 1974, is the author of several well-received books including The Rural Life (2003), The Last Fine Time (1991) and Making Hay (1986). Reviewers often note his lyricism and unforgettable glimpses of everyday American life, weather and nature. A regular contributor to The New York Times, Linkenborg has also written for The New Yorker, Harper’s, Esquire, National Geographic and Mother Jones.

From The New York Times, February 25, 2005:

“For the last two months, the local news in Southern California has been about nothing but houses tumbling downhill and highways blocked by mudslides, about yellow tags and red tags and the threat of evacuation. But there's another piece of news here, whether the sun shines or not. It is the green of the hills. No one remembers this much rain, and no one remembers this much green.

“‘Green’ is beginning to fail as a word. It begins to feel unmeaning, a word you can imagine Caliban practicing on the beach, trying out the sound of it over and over again. To look at the hills and say the word ''green'' has become a ridiculous act. The question is which green on what plant and in what light and facing in which direction and are we talking about new growth or old? The blue of the sky -- even in the profligate light of Southern California -- is simple in comparison.”

Klinkenborg comes from a family of Iowa farmers and lives on a small farm in upstate New York. He earned his Ph.D. from Princeton University.

For more information on the reading, which is part of the Pomona College English Department Literary Series, call (909) 607-2212. Recent Moseley Fellows have included Salvador Carrasco, writer and director of the feature film The Other Conquest, poet B.H. Fairchild, author of Early Occult Memory Systems of the Lower Midwest, and Janet Fitch, author of White Oleander.

Pomona College, one of the nation’s premier liberal arts colleges, provides its students with a challenging curriculum in the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and fine arts, and an unsurpassed environment for intellectual inquiry and growth. Its hallmarks include small classes, close relationships between students and faculty, and a range of opportunities for student research.