Holder Lecture to address the dynamics facing contemporary nonfiction writers

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Douglas Hesse, professor of writing at the University of Denver, will be this year's Holder Lecture presenter.

His presentation is entitled “The Creative Coordinates of Contemporary Nonfiction: Matters for Readers and Writers.” Hesse will explore how nonfiction writers draw on their memories and experiences in their work. He will illustrate his points by utilizing contemporary writer examples. 

Hesse is author of over 80 essays and is the co-author of four books, including Creating Nonfiction and the Simon and Schuster Handbook for Writers. He is nationally recognized for his leadership in writing pedagogy and administration and national literacy efforts. Hesse has served as president of the National Council of Teachers of English, chair of the Conference on College Composition and Communication, president of the Council of Writing Program Administrators, and chair of the Association for Writing Across the Curriculum. Hesse earned his Ph.D. from The University of Iowa.

The lecture will be held in Callen Conference Center, located on the first floor of Smith-Curtis on April 21 at 4:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

The Kenneth R. Holder Lecture was established by members of the Department of English in memory of Dr. Kenneth R. Holder, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs and professor of English. The annual lecture features a scholar in the field of language, English education or composition theory.