Clarence Coo Receives Whiting Award
Clarence Coo '10, a School of the Arts Theatre Program alumnus and current Manager of Academic Administration for the Writing Program, has received a Whiting Award, one of the most prestigious awards for emerging writers, for his work as a playwright.
The sixth season of the Creative Writing Lecture Series launches with Sheila Heti, author of five books, among them The Middle Stories (2001) and How Should a Person Be? (2012), which The New York Times Book Review praised as “odd, original...unlike any other novel.” The Creative Writing Lecture Series welcomes distinguished writers for dynamic talks on literary craft. The series continues with James Wood on October 18 and A.M. Homes on November 29.
Sheila Heti works as Interviews Editor at The Believer and has contributed many interviews with writers and artists to the magazine. She is the author of five books: the story collection, The Middle Stories (McSweeney’s Books); the novel, Ticknor (Farrar, Straus and Giroux);and an illustrated book for children, We Need a Horse (McSweeney's McMullins) featuring art by Clare Rojas. With Misha Glouberman, she wrote a book of "conversational philosophy" called The Chairs Are Where the People Go (Faber & Faber), which The New Yorker chose as one of its Best Books of 2011. Most recently, she published How Should a Person Be? (Henry Holt) in 2012. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, n+1, McSweeney’s, Bookforum, and other places, and her work has been translated into German, French, Spanish, Dutch, Italian, Vietnamese and Serbian.
In 2001, she created the Trampoline Hall lecture series (hosted by Misha Glouberman), at which three people deliver lectures on subjects outside their areas of expertise, then take questions from the audience. In 2008, she created The Metaphysical Poll, a blog that collected the sleeping dreams people were having about Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama during the Democratic primaries. She appears in Margaux Williamson’s film Teenager Hamlet, and with her runs The Production Front, which puts on shows and promotes the work of other artists. She studied playwriting at the National Theatre School in Montreal before attending the University of Toronto to study art history and philosophy. She was born into a Jewish-Hungarian family on December 25, 1976, and lives in Toronto.