Poetry-in-the-Round hosts acclaimed fiction writer Téa Obreht on Thursday, April 30 at 4:00 p.m. in the Chancellor's Suite of the University Center.
Téa Obreht was born in Belgrade, in the former Yugoslavia, and grew up in Cyprus and Egypt before eventually immigrating to the United States. Her debut novel, The Tiger's Wife (Random House, 2011), won the 2011 Orange Prize for Fiction and was a 2011 National Book Award finalist and an international bestseller. Her second novel, Inland (Random House, 2019), was also an international bestseller, and published to wide critical acclaim.
Of Inland, The New York Times writes:
Téa Obreht burst onto the literary scene in 2011 with her dazzling debut novel, The Tiger's Wife, which went on to become a best seller and won the Orange Prize. Inland, her highly anticipated follow-up, is a dense historical novel set in the mid-to-late-19th-century American West that moves between two perspectives: one belonging to Nora, a tenacious frontierswoman and mother of three sons, who is often impatient with those around her and hardened by an arduous life in the harsh Arizona Territory, and the other to Lurie, an immigrant and wanted man who can see the dead and is always on the move. These two extraordinary characters navigate the dangers of the frontier, driven at times by literal thirst and haunted by a more intangible want.
Her work has been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories and The Best American Nonrequired Reading, and has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's, The Atlantic, Vogue, Esquire, and Zoetrope: All-Story, among many others. She was the recipient of the Rona Jaffe fellowship from the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library, and a 2016 fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. She was a National Book Foundation "5 Under 35" honoree, and was named by The New Yorker as one of the twenty best American fiction writers under forty. She lives in New York and teaches at Hunter College.
The event is free and open to the public. All are welcome.
About the Series:
Poetry-in-the-Round has brought some of the best contemporary writers from around the world to Seton Hall University for the past three decades. Some of those visitors have included Karen Russell, Ben Lerner, Dinaw Mengestu, Kaitlyn Greenidge, Jonathan Franzen, Heidi Julavits, Jenny Offill, Helen Phillips, Ben Marcus, Joyce Carol Oates, Russell Banks, Nadine Gordimer, Jamaica Kincaid, John Ashbery, Adrienne Rich, and many others. The series has worked to bring established and up-and-coming new writers to the attention of Seton Hall students and the community.