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Staged Reading of Kazim Ali's The Secret Room

On Tuesday, Sept. 26, the English Department and Theatre Department hosted the world premiere of a spectacular genre-bending event: a staged reading of The Secret Rooma string quartet, written by Kazim Ali, the distinguished McGee Professor of Creative Writing for fall 2017.

Directed by Ryan Rotella '17 (English and Theatre major), the reading gave voice to Professor Ali's experimental novel, which is written in the form of a musical score.

The Strange and Lovely Music of The Secret Room, by Lucas Weal '19, provides a thorough review of the performance. To experience the live-streamed performance, please visit Kazim Ali's Facebook page.

Through a gift of Davidson alumnus John McGee, the English Department hosts a writer in residence for one semester of each academic year. The McGee Professor is an outstanding writer of national stature, whether a poet, fiction writer, playwright, screenwriter, or essayist. Many McGee Professors are accomplished in several of these areas at once. While on campus, McGee Professors teach creative writing classes, help direct senior honor theses, and contribute to the life of the college through readings and other appearances.

You can learn more about this year's McGee Professor, Kazim Ali, in the recent article Unraveling Orthodoxy.