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Greiff lecturer will present ‘Sweet Talk’ from story collection

The Alfred University College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and the English Division welcomes Stephanie Vaughn, author of the short story collection, “Sweet Talk: Stories, ” on Thursday, March 31, at 5:30 p.m., upstairs in Susan Howell Hall, on campus between Openhym Residence Hall and the Steinheim building.

Vaughn, who is also acting director of creative writing at Cornell University, is the 2011 Dr. Louis K. Greiff lecturer. The program is open to the public free of charge. A reception will follow.

The Library Journal offered this about Vaughn’s book: “Five of the 10 stories in Vaughn’s collection are memory stories of her family. Filled with ambient light, eloquent in content and execution, they are about Gemma, who tells us ‘I grew up in the army,’ and her officer father, who like Vaughn’s was stationed with his family at various army posts in the United States and abroad. In these stories Vaughn counterpoints the innocence and egocentricity of childhood with the understanding of an adult looking backwards, finally grasping what was happening, finally understanding that though her father was a tall man who loomed large over her childhood he was a failure… ”

Vaughn studied at Ohio State University and the University of Iowa (Writers’ Workshop) and did post-graduate work at Stanford University where she was a Stegner Fellow and a Jones Lecturer in Creative Writing. She is the recipient of the Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellowship. She is co-faculty director of “Imagining Rome: Art Studio & Creative Writing workshop in Italy,” a special program run through Cornell Summer Sessions.

The lecture series is named after AU Professor Emeritus Greiff, who taught for 36 years at AU and was a Gertz professor of English, and expert in modern British literature. He is also recognized for bringing a Phi Beta Kappa chapter to the campus.