Wednesday, July 25, 2012

An Army of Storytellers

"...[Storytelling] is important for the very idea of understanding -- for people to understand each other, other countries, other languages, maybe even themselves a little better. Fulbright wasn't founded in 1946 to send people on vacation; it was founded to bridge communities, to build ties, to share knowledge, to solve some of our pressing global challenges, and to work for peace."

Poet Tom Healy, who shares the stage with Mary Gaitskill tonight in Saratoga, was appointed Chairman of the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board by President Obama in 2011. He wrote earlier this month in the Huffington Post of his mission to encourage Fulbright scholars to take storytelling seriously.

Read more in the Huffington Post.

Healy grew up on a dairy farm in Mount Vision, NY. His 2009 poetry collection, What the Right Hand Knows was a finalist for both the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the Lambda Literary Award in Poetry He will share the stage with fiction writer Mary Gaitskill, tonight, Wednesday, July 25th, 8PM, Davis Audiorium, Palamountain Hall, 815 North Broadway, Saratoga. Free.

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