Marlboro College

News Author Rachel Cohen Discusses A Chance Meeting, September 1

MARLBORO, VT- (August 20, 2009) - Marlboro College will host a free, public discussion with Rachel Cohen, author of the critically-acclaimed book, A Chance Meeting: Intertwined Lives of American Writers and Artists (Random House, 2004) in the Whittemore Theater at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, September 1.

A Chance Meeting is comprised of 36 inventive narratives of actual meetings between American writers and artists from the Civil War through the civil rights movement, including Walt Whitman, Mark Twain, Gertrude Stein, Richard Avedon, Zora Neale Hurston, Charlie Chaplin and John Cage. Cohen uses these pairings to create a cumulative effect that draws the reader into the mysterious processes by which creativity is sparked and then passed on.

Cohen is a writing professor at Sarah Lawrence College. She has written for The New Yorker, The Threepenny Review and McSweeny's among other publications. Her essays have appeared in Best American Essays and the Pushcart anthology. Her manuscript for A Chance Meeting won the 2003 PEN/Jerard Fund Award and she has received fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the MacDowell Colony.

Copies of A Chance Meeting were distributed to faculty, staff, peer advisers and all incoming first-year students during the summer as a part of a campus-wide reading project.

For more information, please contact the Marlboro College Public Relations office at 802-251-7644 or In the event of inclement weather, please call 802-451-7151 for cancellation information.

Marlboro College offers undergraduate education in the liberal arts and, since 1997, master's degree programs for working adults in the areas of educational technology, internet technologies, healthcare administration and an MBA in Managing for Sustainability. Its 330 undergraduate students enjoy an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, a voice in governing the community and individualized courses of study on a 350-acre campus in the hills of southern Vermont.



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