Extra-terrestrial writing on tap for local literary series

Two accomplished authors - prolific science fiction writer Alan Dean Foster and poet/teacher Eloise Klein Healy - will present readings Friday during The Literary Southwest, The Hassayampa Institute's literary series at Yavapai College.

The readings will take place at 7 p.m. in the college library's Susan N. Webb Community Room (Bldg. 19, Room 147) on the Prescott campus.

Both have extensive worldly travel experience and, in the case of Foster, otherworldly visions, said Jim Natal, series director. An audience Q & A session and a book signing follow the reading. All Literary Southwest programs are free and open to the public.

Since publishing his first science fiction novel with Balantine Books in 1972, Foster has published more than 100 books, and his short fiction has appeared in all the major SF magazines as well as in original anthologies and several "Best of the Year" compendiums. Foster's work to date includes excursions into hard science fiction, fantasy, horror, detective, western, historical, and contemporary fiction.

He has also written numerous non-fiction articles on film, science, and scuba diving, as well as having produced the novel versions of many films, including such well-known productions as Star Wars, the first three Alien films, Alien Nation, The Chronicles of Riddick, Star Trek, Terminator: Salvation, and both Transformers films.

Other works include scripts for talking records, radio, computer games, and the story for the first Star Trek movie. His novel "Shadowkeep" was the first-ever book adaptation of an original computer game. In addition to publication in English his work has been translated into more than 50 languages and has won awards in Spain and Russia. His novel "Cyber Way" won the Southwest Book Award for Fiction in 1990; the first work of science fiction ever to do so.

Foster's correspondence and manuscripts are in the special collection of the Hayden Library of Arizona State University.

"Foster has an amazingly prolific imagination, fueled in part by his extensive world adventure travel," Natal said of Foster's works.

Healy is the author of six books of poetry, including Artemis in Echo Park and Passing, and three spoken word recordings. Her latest collection of poems is "The Islands Project: Poems For Sappho" (Red Hen Press). The winner of the 2010 West Hollywood Algonquin Literary Award, she was the founding chair of the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Antioch University Los Angeles where she is distinguished professor of creative writing emerita.

Healy directed the Women's Studies Program at California State University Northridge and taught in the Feminist Studio Workshop at The Woman's Building in Los Angeles. She was the co-founder of Eco-Arts, an eco-tourism/arts venture, and is founding editor of Arktoi books, an imprint of Red Hen Press specializing in the work of lesbian authors.

Natal described Healy's poetry as "powerfully affecting - remarkable, considering her sensitive, thoughtful and sometimes delicate touch."

For complete author and series information, visit: www.yc.edu/content/HASSAYAMPA/, or contact either Series Director Jim Natal, through the Communications Division at 928-776-2276 or at james.natal@yc.edu.