'Three Elizabeths: An Imagining' reading by Amy Weldon May 2

Luther College will host "Three Elizabeths: An Imagining," a reading by Amy Weldon, Luther associate professor of English, at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 2, in the Franklin W. Olin Building, Room 102.

The program is open to the public with no charge for admission.

This creative-nonfiction project examines and intuits connections among the lives of three young women born in the 1920s South. Two – Elizabeth Hardwick of Kentucky and Elizabeth Spencer of Mississippi – would go on to become famous writers, while the third – Elizabeth Weldon Collier Williams – would become the protagonist in her own unique story. 

Pushing the limits of biography and memoir, "Three Elizabeths" explores how very different Southern women can be united by the common threads of family, femininity and home, even as their dreams carry them beyond the South to California, New York, Italy and elsewhere.  

A Southern storyteller in the grand tradition, Weldon is a passionate teacher of Southern American literature, British Romanticism and—primarily—creative writing:  fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry. Weldon's personal essay, "The Odd Girls:  Flannery O'Connor and Me," was co-winner of Shenandoah's Bevel Summers Award and the Carter Prize for the Essay in 2010. 

An avid biker, seed-saver and urban gardener, Weldon blogs about sustainability, finance and other nourishments of life and spirit.

A transplanted Alabamian with a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Weldon has settled into Iowa life, getting her students pumped about local poetry slams and author readings at the Iowa Writers Workshop, teaching adult writing classes at a local arts center, and revising a second novel about a small town in nineteenth-century Iowa.

Work on this project was supported by the Doris and Ragnvald Ylvisaker Endowment for Faculty Growth and the Paideia Program.