Pulitzer-winning writer Ford to teach at Ole Miss
>Well, just Gawwwwd Bless him!
I say, if you’ve got it, flaunt it. Seems Pulitzer-winning writer Richard Ford wants to teach at Ole Miss. He’s got theories and ideas and just wants to share. Good for him!
From Associated Press: “I think the state, in the hands and eyes of its writers, has a lot that needs to be explained. Writers are imaginative explainers. There’s a lot of received wisdom, history, a lot of drama in the fabric that is Mississippi that could be seen not to make a whole lot of sense,” he said
“For instance when I was born in Jackson, black Americans and white Americans were not allowed to go to school together. That kind of absurdity Faulkner dealt with directly and Eudora Welty
did in her way.”
The University of Mississippi announced this week that Ford will serve as senior fiction writer at the school. He’ll teach a graduate fiction seminar in fall 2011 and a graduate class on form, craft and influence during the spring 2012 semester.
“I’m hoping to teach them that what they’re doing is important and it’s worth their life,” Ford said in an interview. “I’m there to be their colleague and encourage them and try to make them understand that what they’re doing everyday is what writers who become great writers do.”