2009 Whittier College Writers Festival

Sunday, September 20, 2009

An exciting slate of writers will be part of the 2009 Whittier College Writers Festival, including Whittier College graduate Adam Pava '99, TV writer and creator of Cartoon Network's Out of Jimmy's Head; three-term U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky; award-winning Indian-born authorBharati Mukherjee; and screenwriter and playwright Richard Alfieri, whose play a Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks is one of the most produced plays of the last fifty years. The four-day festival runs from September 28 - October 1 in AJ Villalobos Hall, 7214 Painter Avenue, Whittier, CA. The event is free and open to the public. For more information contact Angela Freeland, 562.907.4253, afreeland@whittier.edu.

September 28 
5 p.m., Writing for TV — an Informal Workshop 
7:30 p.m., The Animation Process — from Script to Screen
Adam Pava '99 is an animation writer and producer currently working on Glenn Martin DDS, a primetime comedy for Nick At Nite. He has written animation for adults (Adult Swim's Harvey Birdman: Attorney At Law, MTV's Clone High) and children (Cartoon Network's Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends and Johnny Bravo, Dreamworks' Monsters Vs. AliensTV pilot), as well as punch-up work for film (Sony's Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs). He also wrote the Cartoon Network movie Reanimated and created its TV series spin-off, Out of Jimmy's Head.

September 29
5 p.m., Craft Talk 
7:30 p.m., Creative Presentation
Noted poet Robert Pinsky is a three term United States Poet Laureate and author of numerous books of poetry, most recently Gulf Music andThe Figured Wheel: New and Collected Poems 1966-1996. He is the editor of Americans' Favorite Poems, An Invitation to Poetry, and Essential Pleasures: A New Anthology of Poems to Read Aloud. Pinsky is also the author of three books about poetry and a best-selling translation of The Inferno of Dante. He is the founder of the Favorite Poem Project, poetry editor for Slate, has regularly appeared on The News Hour with Jim Lehrer, and writes the weekly Poet's Choice column for the Washington Post. He was elected in 1999 to the American Academy of Arts and Letters, is the winner of the PEN/Voelcker Award, the William Carlos Williams Prize, and the 2008 Theodore M. Roethke Memorial Poetry Award, among other honors. He teaches in the graduate writing program at Boston University, and is one of the few members of the American Academy of Arts and Letters to have appeared on The Simpsons.

September 30 
5:00 p.m., The Stated and the Implied
7:30 p.m., Becoming an American Writer: Successive Moultings

Bharati Mukherjee is the author of seven novels, most recently Desirable Daughters and The Tree Bride, two collections of short stories,Darkness and The Middleman & Other Stories, and numerous essays on immigration and American culture. She has also co-authored, with Clark Blaise, two books of non-fiction, Days and Nights in Calcutta and The Sorrow and the Terror: The Haunting Legacy of the Air India Tragedy. She is the first naturalized U.S. citizen to have won the National Book Critics' Circle Award for Best Fiction. She has been a professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley since 1989. 

October 1 
5:00 p.m., Craft Talk 
7:30 p.m., Creative Presentation (introduced by Arthur Allen Seidelman)

Richard Alfieri wrote the feature films, Echoes, A Friendship In Vienna, and Harvest Of Fire and the novel, Ricardo - Diary of a Matinee Idol, which he adapted into the screenplay, Moonlight Blonde. Alfieri has produced the feature film, Rescue Me, and executive-produced the NBC film, False Witness. His play, The Sisters, premiered in Los Angeles, as its feature-film adaptation premiered as an Official Selection at both the Tribeca and Hollywood Film Festivals. Among his awards are the Santa Fe Film Festival's Milagro Award for Best American Independent Film, the Grand Prize at the New York Film and Television Festival, two Writers Guild Awards and an Emmy nomination. Alfieri's play, Six Dance Lessons In Six Weeks, is among the most widely-produced plays of the past fifty years and is currently being adapted for feature film production. 

Prolific film and theater director Arthur Allen Seidelman '58 will introduce Richard Alfieri. Seidelman, in addition to directing 10 other plays, directed Alfieri's Six Dance Lessons In Six Weeks on Broadway and in L.A. He has also directed 22 films for Hollywood.