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Sylvia Plath Subject of Next Reading at UC Riverside

Department of Creative Writing Features Author Kate Moses

(April 5, 2004)

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RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) -- Kate Moses, co-founder of a groundbreaking Web site called “Mothers Who Think,” will be reading from her book, Wintering: A Novel of Sylvia Plath, at UC Riverside at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 28 in the University Commons Terrace Room B.

This free, public reading is part of an ongoing reading series sponsored by the UC Riverside Department of Creative Writing. Parking on campus is $5 per vehicle for the day or may be purchased for shorter periods at $1 per hour. Parking permits are available at the information kiosks near the entrance at University Avenue and the entrance at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

Moses’ novel covers the last few months of the poet's life as she cares for her sick children in the middle of a brutal London winter, struggling to write her last poems and recover from the defection of husband Ted Hughes. Moses moves deftly back and forth in time, from the couple's last months in their beloved but moldering Devonshire hideaway through Plath's first suspicions of Hughes's infidelities to her arrival in London. The novel is a remarkable portrait of the moments of bravery and exhilaration that Plath found among the isolation and terror of her depression.

Moses was born in San Francisco in 1962. She grew up in northern California, Philadelphia, the outskirts of Washington, D.C., and Alaska before returning to California to attend the University of the Pacific. She worked as an editor at Berkeley’s acclaimed North Point Press and as the literary director of Intersection for the Arts in San Francisco.

In 1997, Moses teamed up with journalist Camille Peri to found Salon.com’s popular feature “Mothers Who Think,” which inspired the anthology “Mothers Who Think: Tales of Real-Life Parenthood.” The feature, which had been updated on a daily basis, lasted until 2000. Moses is also a contributor to “Salon.com Reader’s Guide to Contemporary Authors” edited by Laura Miller. She was an Affiliate Artist at Headland Center for the Arts from 1995-95 and recipient of an Everett Helm Research Fellowship from the Lilly Library at Indiana University in 2000.

Moses’ stories, “The Real Sylvia Plath” (2000) and “The Good Father” (1998), were both chosen for inclusion in the “Best Stories of the Year” listings by Salon.com.

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