Tuesday, April 17, 2007

The Virginia Polytech Massacre

Authorities ID gunman in Va. Tech rampage
Student’s writings raised red flags; 33 killed, 12 stable in hospitals

‘He was a loner’ Professor Carolyn Rude, chairwoman of the university’s English department, said she did not personally know the gunman. But she said she spoke with Lucinda Roy, the department’s director of creative writing, who had Cho in one of her classes and described him as “troubled.”

“There was some concern about him,” Rude told The Associated Press. “Sometimes, in creative writing, people reveal things and you never know if it’s creative or if they’re describing things, if they’re imagining things or just how real it might be. But we’re all alert to not ignore things ike this.”

She said Cho was referred to the counseling service, but she said she did not know when or what the outcome was. Rude refused to release any of his writings or his grades, citing privacy laws.

This is a clip from the MSNBC online news. My heart goes out to the tragic lose of lives in the senseless killing on the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University campus. But as I was reading this, I wondered if the department's director of creative writing was no one other than the noted author Lucinda Roy of "Lady Moses," "Hotel Alleluia," "The Humming Birds" and "Wailing the Dead to Sleep"?

Yes, it is.... Virginia Tech's Creative Writing Program Co-Directors Lucinda Roy and Fred D'Aguiar] features internationally known and widely-published poets and fiction writers, such as...

Nikki Giovanni, University Distinguished Professor of Black Studies

Fred D’Aguiar, Professor Co-Director of Creative Writing

Lucinda Roy, Professor of English and Alumni Distinguished Professor Co-Director,
Creative Writing

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