June 17, 2004

Writers workshop to hold free, public readings

by K.C. Jaehnig

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- High school students attending Southern Illinois University Carbondale's sixth annual workshop for young regional poets, novelists and short-story writers will hold a series of free, public readings June 30 through July 3.

Taught by faculty and graduate students in SIUC's creative writing program, these aspiring writers are taking part in seminars and discussion groups. They also read and critique their own work, and listen to more advanced writers read from their poetry and prose.

Here's a schedule of who will read and when.


Wednesday, June 30

SIUC graduate students read, 4 p.m., Faner Hall 1005

Curtis L. Crisler, Debra L. Jurmu, Kevin A. McKelvey, Jamie L. Walzcak

Beth Lordan reads, 8 p.m., Harry T. Moore Auditorium, Faner Hall

Author of "And Both Shall Row," published in 1998, "August Heat," published in 1987, and "But Come Ye Back," published in 2003 by William Morrow, Lordan teaches in SIUC's creative writing program.


Thursday, July 1

SIUC graduate students read, 4 p.m., Faner Hall 1006

Joan M. Dy, Michael R. Meyerhofer, Chad A. Parmenter, R. Renee Wells

Mike Magnuson reads, 8 p.m., Harry T. Moore Auditorium, Faner Hall

Author of "Lummox," published in 2001, "The Fire Gospels," published in 1998, and "The Right Man for the Job," published in 1997, Magnuson heads SIUC's creative writing program.


Friday, July 2

SIUC graduate students and guests read, 4 p.m., Faner Hall 1005

Stacy Brown (University of Oregon creative writing graduate), Steven R. Leek, Teresa Kramer, Maggie J. Shelledy

Jim Gill and Adrian Matejka read, 8 p.m., Harry T. Moore Auditorium, Faner Hall

Gill, a lecturer in English, published his short story "Darkness On the Edge of Town" in the Colorado Review last summer. His work appeared in the Crab Orchard Review and both the Laurel Review and Sou'wester have accepted his work.

An alum of SIUC's creative writing program, Matejka teaches at SUNY-Geneseo. In 2003, Alice James Books published his first collection of poems, "The Devil's Garden," named one of the best poetry books of the year by Black Issues Book Review. His work also appeared in several literary journals, including Beacon Street Review, Elixir and Lake Effect.


Saturday, July 3


Young writers read from their work, 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., Cisne Auditorium, Pulliam Hall.

Reaching out is among the goals of Southern at 150: Building Excellence Through Commitment, the blueprint for the development of the University by the time it celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2019.