Michael Pearson, 23rd Annual ODU Literary Festival


Michael Pearson

Document Type

Featured Participant

Festival Date



Chandler Recital Hall, Diehn Fine and Performing Arts Center

Author/Artist Bio

Michael Pearson is the director of the Creative Writing Program at Old Dominion University. He has published essays and stories in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, The Southern Literary Journal, and Creative Nonfiction, among others.

He is the author of four books. His first book, Imagined Places: Journeys Into Literary America (1991) was listed by The New York Times Book Review as one of the notable books of the year. His new book, Dreaming of Columbus: A Boyhood in the Bronx, was published in 1999. Willie Morris, the former editor of Harper’s, said, "Michael Pearson is one of our nation’s finest memoirists. Dreaming of Columbus. . . should give him the reputation among American writers he so richly deserves."


Pearson read with fellow ODU MFA Faculty members: Luisa Igloria, Janet Peery, Sheri Reynolds, Tim Seibles and Gary Short on Friday, October 6, 2000 at 4:00 p.m.

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