SHS is proud to announce that Lou Ann Walker has been named the Commencement Speaker for the 2012 Graduation to be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 24.
Author and professor Lou Ann Walker is editor-in-chief of the literary and arts journal, TSR: The Southampton Review. She is a writer-in-residence and professor in Stony Brook Southampton’s MFA Program in Writing and Literature. Also a screenwriter and journalist, she has written for many publications, including The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, New York Magazine, Parade, People, O, The Oprah Magazine, and Esquire. Her books include the memoir, A Loss for Words, winner of the Christopher Award and a Book of the Month Club Editor’s Choice, as well as a book on artist Roy Lichtenstein. Walker is the recipient of a Marguerite Higgins Distinguished Reporting Award, a New York Public Library Books of the Year Award, a National Social Studies Book Council Books of the Year Award and a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Grant. She previously taught at Columbia and Marymount Manhattan College. Walker holds a degree in French language and literature from L’Universiteé de Besançon, France, and a BA in comparative literature from Harvard.