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Mr. Jefferson’s Salon Series—Conversations on Creativity
October 17, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm| $10.00 - $15.00
Join Poplar Forest as we partner with the Virginia Center of the Creative Arts (VCCA) to welcome author Stephen O’ Connor and local playwright, Teresa Harris, as they discuss the artistic process both have used to create works of art centered around Thomas Jefferson and Poplar Forest. O’Connor’s recent novel, Thomas Jefferson Dreams of Sally Hemings, was conceived of while he was a Fellow in residence at the VCCA in Amherst, VA. Harris, an employee of Randolph College, works to create short plays that represent the history of African American people in Central Virginia. She is currently working on a set of vignettes to be performed at Poplar Forest in the spring that bring to life stories of several members of Jefferson’s enslaved community.
The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. with the discussion and Q&A session in the dining room of Mr. Jefferson’s retreat home. A wine and cheese reception will follow in the lower level of the house. Admission for the talk is $15 or $10 for college students with a valid student id. Reservations are required due to limited space available. Make your reservation today by purchasing tickets below or by calling the Museum Shop at 434.534.8120.
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About the speakers:
Stephen O’Connor is the author of the novel, Thomas Jefferson Dreams of Sally Hemings, as well as two collections of short fiction, Here Comes Another Lesson and Rescue, and of two works of nonfiction, Will My Name Be Shouted Out?, a memoir, and Orphan Trains; The Story of Charles Loring Brace and the Children He Saved and Failed, biography/history.
His fiction and poetry have appeared in The New Yorker, Conjunctions, One Story, The Missouri Review, Poetry Magazine, Electric Literature, Agni, Threepenny Review, The Quarterly, Partisan Review, among many other places.
His story, “Next to Nothing” was selected by Jennifer Egan for Best American Short Stories 2014, and another story, “Ziggurat,” was read by Tim Curry on Selected Shorts in October 2011 and June 2013.
His essays and journalism have been published in The New York Times, DoubleTake, The Nation, Agni, The Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe, The New Labor Forum, and elsewhere.
He is the recipient of the Cornell Woolrich Fellowship in Creative Writing from Columbia University, the Visiting Fellowship for Historical Research by Artists and Writers from the American Antiquarian Society, and the DeWitt Wallace/Reader’s Digest Fellowship from the MacDowell Colony.
He teaches in the Sarah Lawrence MFA writing program.
Teresa Harris is a local playwright who works to create short plays that represent the history of African American people in Central Virginia.
She is currently working on a set of vignettes to be performed at Poplar Forest that bring to life stories of several members of Jefferson’s enslaved community. She has collaborated with Poplar Forest previously, when her Silvy Turner monologue was performed as part of the 2014 slavery symposium.
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