Friday, April 13 at 5:00, Calhoun College Masters House. The Schlesinger Visiting Writer Series and the Department of English present: Chris Abani is professor at UC Riverside. He writes about the people of his home country, and those of his adopted country, winning literary awards like the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award for his debut American novel, GraceLand (2005). He is also the author of The Virgin of Flames (2007), Masters of the Board (1985) and Becoming Abigail (2006) and five collections of poetry. He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, the PEN Beyond Margins Award, the PEN USA Freedom-to-Write Award, the Prince Claus Award, a Lannan Literary Fellowship, a California Book Award and a Hurston/Wright Legacy Award.