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Belle Boggs

Thursday, November 9, 2017
Belle Boggs
7:30 p.m.

Mary Cochran Library
Reahard Learning Gallery

Belle Boggs high-res photo 2MBBelle Boggs is the author of The Art of Waiting: On Fertility, Medicine, and Motherhood and Mattaponi Queen, a collection of linked stories set along Virginia’s Mattaponi River. The Art of Waiting was a finalist for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay and was named a best book of the year by Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, the Globe and Mail, Buzzfeed, and O the Oprah Magazine. Mattaponi Queen won the Bakeless Prize and the Library of Virginia Literary Award and was a finalist for the 2010 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the North Carolina Arts Council, and the Bread Loaf and Sewanee writers’ conferences. She teaches in the MFA program at North Carolina State University.


Click on the links below to read stories from Mattaponi Queen online:

Homecoming” at At Length. Running out of trouble in Bed-Stuy — and into it in Virginia.

Opportunity” at storySouth. An elementary school principal pines for a wayward bassist.


“The Book That Taught Me What I Want to Teach My Daughter,” on The Little Virtues, by the Italian novelist, essayist, playwright, short-story writer, translator, and political activist Natalia Ginzburg (from The New Yorker online)

“No One Ever ‘Just Adopts’” (from Slate)

“What Infertility Really Feels Like” (from Refinery29)

“Writer, Mother, Both, Neither,” on childcare, AWP, and leading the “triple life” of writing, mothering, and work (from LitHub)

For a more extensive list of Boggs’s essays online, go here.

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