Renee D’Aoust, Author of Body of a Dancer, Gives Reading Sept. 30 at Wilkes University
(Wilkes-Barre, Pa., - Sept. 18, 2012) -- Renée E. D’Aoust’s prose moves across the page with the fluidity of a dancer. Fitting, since D’Aoust’s 2011 memoir, Body of a Dancer, relates her experiences as a modern dancer in New York City during the Nineties.
On Sunday, Sept. 30, D’Aoust will share some of those experiences during a special reading, question-and-answer session and book signing at Wilkes University. The event will be held at 7 p.m. in the Kirby Hall salon at 202 S. River St. It is co-presented by D’Aoust’s publisher, Etruscan Press, and Wilkes’ graduate Creative Writing program. It is free and open to the public.
Originally trained on a scholarship at Pacific Northwest Ballet, D’Aoust began attending New York’s prestigious Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance in 1993, hoping to learn advanced technique. What she got was a crash course in passion and pain, pushed to the limits of mind and body by the rigorous physicality of her art.
Michael Steinberg, founding editor of Four Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction” called the book a “compelling, gracefully written memoir.” Dinty W. Moore, the National Book Prize-winning author of “Between Panic & Desire” said it “beautifully articulates the dreamlike freedom of dance and the inevitable pain that comes to those who pursue perfection with every waking breath. With exquisite description, absolute honesty, and a clear compelling voice, Body of a Dancer offers an unforgettable account of one artist’s bittersweet journey.”
Though D’Aoust still dances, she has since discovered a new muse in the written word. D’Aoust is currently an English instructor at North Idaho College, as well as a writer with numerous credits to her name, including contributions to anthologies such as Reading Dance (Pantheon) and On Stage Alone (University Press of Florida).
D’Aoust has also been the recipient of grants from the Idaho Commission on the Arts, support from the Puffin Foundation and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts Journalism Institute for Dance Criticism at the American Dance Festival.
About Etruscan Press
Etruscan Press is a nonprofit cooperative of poets and writers working to produce and promote books that nurture the dialogue among genres, achieve a distinctive voice, and reshape the literary and cultural history of which we are a part. Visit their Web site at www.etruscanpress.org.
About Wilkes University Graduate Creative Writing Program
The Wilkes University graduate creative writing program is an accredited, nationally recognized program offering both a M.A. and a M.F.A. in creative writing with five areas of concentration: fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, screenwriting and playwriting. A low-residency program, students spend eight-day residencies in January and June on campus and complete the project semesters online. For more information, please visit http://wilkes.edu/pages/creativewriting or call 570-408-4527.