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W&M welcomes back Rosalind Brackenbury

The last time Rosalind Brackenbury was William & Mary’s writer in residence – 2006 – she told the student newspaper that she had “never had such good students” and that they would leave a lasting impression on her.

Apparently Brackenbury liked it so much she’s back for more.

Author of 11 novels and five collections of poetry, most recently the novel “Becoming George Sand” (2011, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) and a collection of poems entitled “The Joy of the Nearly Old” (2012, Hanging Loose Press) Brackenbury will celebrate her return as the 2012 Donaldson Writer in Residence with a public reading of her fiction and poetry tonight. The 7 p.m. program, to be held in Room 201 of Blow Hall, is free and open to the public thanks to Scott and Vivian Donaldson and to the Patrick Hayes Writers Series, and will be followed by a wine-and-cheese reception.

Brackenbury’s fiction has been translated into Italian and Dutch, and her earlier collection of poems, “Yellow Swing” into French. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Annie Dillard praised her last novel as "a wonderful book -- filled with wisdom, poetry, and imagery so brilliant I wish I could steal it. This is a treasure!"

A native of Great Britain now living in Key West, Florida, she has a diploma in education from London University and has taught writing workshops for many years, including creative writing at Edinburgh University in Scotland.

She has also been a journalist – and a deckhand on a schooner.

For further information, please contact Prof. Nancy Schoenberger, Director of Creative Writing, at