Humanities Guåhan will present “I Come From Here: Portraying Place, Community and History,” an upcoming series of creative writing and journalism workshops and readings featuring writer Inara Verzemnieks.
The series will take place from Sept. 10 to 15, and is funded by a grant awarded to Humanities Guåhan from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, in partnership with the Pulitzer Prizes and the Federation of State Humanities Councils.
Verzemnieks is author of the acclaimed memoir, "Among the Living and the Dead: A Tale of Exile and Homecoming on the War Roads of Europe" and a 2007 Pulitzer Prize Finalist in Feature Writing for her work in the Oregonian.
A staff writer for the Oregonian for 13 years, Verzemnieks has also written for the New York Times Magazine, the Atlantic, Tin House, the Iowa Review, and Creative Nonfiction. She now teaches creative nonfiction at the University of Iowa, consistently ranked as the top school for creative writing in the nation. Winner of the Rona Jaffe Award and a Pushcart Prize, Verzemnieks was recently awarded the Anšlavs Eglitis and Veronika Janelsina Literary Prize, one of the largest awards in Latvian literature.
While visiting Guam, Verzemnieks will teach two public high school creative nonfiction workshops, two college-level feature writing workshops, and two master classes for journalists and other writers. She will also read from her work at a free public presentation on Sept.11 at the University of Guam and at an “Evening with the Author” event on Sept.13 at the Hyatt Regency Guam.