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River City Writers Series

2015 River City Writers Series

Jo Ann Beard

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Jo Ann Beard is the author of In Zanesville, a novel, and The Boys of My Youth, a collection of autobiographical essays. Other work has appeared in magazines, literary journals, and anthologies. She is the recipient of a Whiting Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts. Her MFA is from the University of Iowa, and she teaches at Sarah Lawrence College in New York.

Wednesday, February 25
Reading at 8:00 pm
University Center, Room 300 or 304

Thursday, February 26
 Interview with students at 10:30 am
                                           Patterson Hall, Room 456

Liz Robbins

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Liz Robbins’ third collection, Freaked, won the 2014 Elixir Press Annual Poetry Award, judged by Bruce Bond. Her second collection, Play Button, won the 2010 Cider Press Review Book Award, judged by Patricia Smith; her album Picked Strings is a recording of various poems from that collection. Her chapbook Girls Turned Like Dials won the 2012 YellowJacket Press prize. She won the 2015 Crab Orchard Review Special Issue Feature Award in Poetry, and her poems are in recent or forthcoming issues of American Literary Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Cortland Review, Cream City Review, Denver Quarterly, DIAGRAM, Kenyon Review Online, and River Styx. She’s an associate professor of creative writing at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida.

Tuesday, April 14
Reading at 8:00 pm
University Center, Room 300 or 304

Wednesday, April 15
Interview with students at 10:30 am
Patterson Hall, Room 456

 

2014 River City Writers Series

Stephen Schottenfeld

schottenfeldStephen Schottenfeld’s debut novel, Bluff City Pawn (Bloomsbury, 2014), is set in Memphis and masterfully depicts a city, a business, and a family. His stories have appeared in numerous literary magazines such as The Gettysburg Review, StoryQuarterly, Iowa Review. Schottenfeld's works have garnered a Michener/Copernicus Society of America grant, a Halls Fiction Fellowship from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, a Shane Stevens Fellowship in the Novel from the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, and special mentions in both the Pushcart Prize and Best American Short Stories anthologies. He holds a MFA from the University of Iowa and is the James P. Wilmot Assistant Professor of English the University of Rochester.

Tuesday, September 16th
Reading at 8:00pm
University Center Bluff Room, Room 304

Wednesday, September 17th
Interview with students at 10:30 am 
Patterson Hall, Room 448
 

John Griswold

griswoldJohn Griswold's latest book of essays, Pirates You Don't Know (University of Georgia Press, 2014), offers a profound and poignant look at life, transience, toil, class, and family. He is the author of the novel A Democracy of Ghosts and of the nonfiction narrative Herrin: The Brief History of an Infamous American City.  For nearly ten years, John Griswold has published his essays in Inside Higher Ed, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Brevity, Ninth Letter, and Adjunct Advocate, many under the pen name ‘Oronte Churm’. He is an Assistant Professor in the MFA program at McNeese State University and the editor of the McNeese Review. He lives in Lake Charles, Louisiana. 

Wednesday, October 15th
Reading at 8:00pm
University Center Bluff Room, Room 304

Thursday, October 16th
Interview with students at 10:30 am 
Patterson Hall, Room 448

 

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