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LOWELL - W. David Hancock, a Providence resident and playwright who has written eight plays that have been performed in theaters nationwide, was recently named the Jack Kerouac Writer-in-Residence for spring 2005 by the English Department at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
Hancock will spend the spring semester teaching Creative Writing-Drama. He will also perform a stage reading on campus of one of his works and is planning to do a project at Lowell High School.
"Our students are very fortunate to have a playwright of David Hancock's skill and imagination," says Hilary Holladay, a UMass Lowell English professor who will be incorporating Hancock's work into her courses next semester.
Hancock is also the winner of two Obie awards, off-Broadway's highest theatrical honor, for his plays The Race of the Ark Tattoo and The Convention of Cartography.
The Writer-in-Residence program, now in its fifth year, is made possible through the support of John Sampas, a benefactor of the Jack Kerouac Literary Estate. Additional support is received through the University's Provost's Office.
UMass Lowell, a comprehensive university with special expertise in applied science and technology, is committed to educating students for lifelong success and conducting research and outreach activities that sustain the economic, environmental, and social health of the region. Lowell offers its 12,000 undergraduate and graduate students more than 80 degree programs in the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Management, and the School of Health and Environment and the Graduate School of Education.
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