University of Pittsburgh
September 2, 1999


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PITTSBURGH, Sept. 3 -- Pittsburgh native John Edgar Wideman will open the second season of the University of Pittsburgh's Pittsburgh Contemporary Writers Series Wednesday, Sept. 15, at 8:15 p.m. in 120 David Lawrence Hall, Forbes Ave., Oakland.

A media availability session with Wideman is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 14, at 11:30 a.m. in the William Pitt Union Dining Room A, Fifth Ave., Oakland.

Wideman, author of several books including "Two Cities," "Philadelphia Fire," "All Stories are True" and "Brothers and Keepers," is the only two-time winner of the Pen/Faulkner Award. A Rhodes Scholar, Wideman also received the Lannan Literary Fellowship for Fiction, and the MacArthur Award.

A professor at the University of Massachusetts since 1986, Wideman teaches creative writing and Afro-American literature. He previously taught at the University of Wyoming and University of Pennsylvania.

Born in Washington, D.C. in 1941, Wideman grew up in the Homewood section of Pittsburgh. He received his bachelor's degree in English from the University of Pennsylvania in 1963, and a bachelor's of philosophy from Oxford University in 1966 on a Rhodes Scholarship.