The individual: A concept of indefinite substance and blurred edges. For better or for worse, we are never quite separate from the heirlooms of our grandparents, the vernacular of our hometown, the history of our ancestors. For better or for worse, our identities are not products of our own making. On Wednesday, Feb. 20, two…
Last Wednesday’s Stegner Reading, by a funny twist of fate, featured two writers with connections to my hometown.
“When a poet goes to war, the resulting work, I think, is stunning,” J. Bruce Fuller mused in his introduction of Graham Barnhart. Barnhart is one of Stanford’s 2017-19 Stegner Fellows, and served as an army medic in Iraq and Afghanistan. An attentive audience had a chance to hear some of Barnhart’s indeed stunning poetry…
Celebrated author and professor emeritus of English Tobias Wolff M.A. ’78 first came to Stanford as a Stegner Fellow in 1975. He returned to Stanford as a professor in 1997 and has taught here ever since. The Daily sat down with Wolff to discuss his time here as well as his plans for the future.
Zubair Ahmed’11 M.A.’13 began working on his book of poetry during his sophomore year at Stanford. He found that writing allowed him to escape the rigors of his mechanical engineering work.
There are other efforts to not only save the study but also to halt the house’s demolition entirely. The National Trust for Historic Preservation wrote to Debbie Pedro, planning director for Los Altos Hills, arguing the study should be designated a historic site and to request a California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) review of the site. This review examines both the environmental implications of a demolition and the site’s historical significance.
A decade after graduating from Stanford, Daniel Orozco ’79 was at a crossroads — sticking with a job he was less than thrilled about or returning back to school to be a writer.
Five fiction writers and five poets have been named Stegner Fellows for the 2011-12 academic year.