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Best-Selling Mystery Writer Paula L. Woods Named 2005-2006 Moseley Fellow in Creative Writing at Pomona College

This spring, students at Pomona College have the remarkable opportunity of studying creative writing with award-winning mystery writer Paula L. Woods, author of the acclaimed Charlotte Justice mystery series. Woods, Pomona’s 2005-2006 Moseley Fellow in Creative Writing, is currently teaching the advanced creative writing course “Mean Streets: Writing and Reading Mystery Fiction.”

Woods launched her Charlotte Justice mystery series with the book Inner City Blues (1999), whose lead character is a smart, tough African American homicide detective in the Los Angeles Police Department’s elite Robbery-Homicide Division. The book was on the Los Angeles Times bestseller list for three weeks and was named by the newspaper as one of the Best Books of 1999. Later books in the series have also received recognition and praise. The fourth installment, Strange Bedfellows: A Charlotte Justice Novel, was released in January 2006. Woods is also the editor of the critically acclaimed anthology Spooks, Spies and Private Eyes: Black Mystery, Crime and Suspense Fiction of the 20th Century (1995).

On April 20, Woods will give a public reading at Pomona College, at 7:30 p.m., in the Ena Thompson Reading Room (108) of Crookshank Hall (140 W. Sixth St., Claremont). The event is part of the Pomona College Department of English Literary Series. For more information, contact (909) 607-2212.

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 and used primarily "to support efforts of the English Department of the College to improve writing of students."

The fellowship is in its fifth year. Previous Pomona College Moseley Fellows include: Verlyn Klinkenborg, essayist, author and a regular contributor to the New York Times; 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.