Sep 152004
Authors: Clarke Reader

Reading books for class is something all CSU students have to

do, but not many have seen the people behind the books.

The Creative Writing Department’s Fall Reading Series kicks off

today, giving students the chance to meet the authors.

“This is the Creative Writing Program’s 20th anniversary and

we’ve been hosting the series since at least 1990,” wrote Judea

Franck, administrative assistant to the Creative Writing Program,

in an e-mail interview.

The series invites a number of authors in both poetry and

fiction, as well as members of the faculty and graduate students,

to read samples of their work.

Participants will also hold question and answer sessions and

book signings.

“Writers usually allow a little Q and A after they read and of

course there is a reception and signing so you really get a chance

to have some one-on-one with someone rather brilliant and good at a

craft that you admire,” Franck wrote.

The up-close-and-personal aspect is what draws many of the

students to the readings.

“The readings are often intimate enough that you may shake the

author’s hand at the reception after the reading,” said Stephanie

Stickney, a master’s of fine arts candidate in fiction.

The process for picking authors begins with the reading series

committee, which discusses and selects the authors. Students are

welcome to submit some sample work from an author they would like

to see.

Matthew Cooperman is the chair of the committee, as well as an

assistant creative writing professor.

“Our goal is to showcase the most exciting contemporary writing

going on in America and beyond, and hopefully inspire both our

students and members of the community in their own writing and

reading,” Cooperman wrote in an e-mail interview.

Aside from such famous names as Jewell Parker Rhodes, Jonis Agee

and Michael Palmer, CSU faculty and graduate students also have an

opportunity to read their work.

“A highlight has been watching my contemporaries read their

work. I’ve been involved at some point with most of the pieces

students read last semester,” wrote Matt Myers, a graduate student

in fiction, in an e-mail interview.

Sessions will be spread out throughout the year, so students

have time to see many different authors.

“The Writers’ Harvest on Nov. 5 is one of the most exciting

events,” Franck wrote.

The series benefits the writers and the students who come to


“Whether you are a writer yourself or just enjoy good writing,

to participate in the reading series is a pleasure,” Stickney


The sessions are free and students and community are invited to


“You don’t have to be an aspiring writer to benefit from these

readings; I think anyone who reads really gets a thrill from seeing

an author read their work,” Franck wrote. “It’s like you read a

writer’s work sitting in your hammock or on your back porch and now

you get to experience the work.”



MFA Reading

Sara Cartmel (fiction)

Rosa Salazar (poetry)

Sylwia DeLeon (fiction)

7:30 p.m. Hatton Gallery

Sept. 30

Chris Offutt (fiction/nonfiction)

Author of No Heroes: A Memoir of Coming Home

7:30 p.m. Hatton Gallery

Oct. 7

Jack Collom (poetry)

7:30 p.m. Hatton Gallery

Oct. 28

Donald Revell (poetry)

Author of There are Three &

Claudia Keelan (poetry)

Author of The Devotion Field

7:30 p.m. Hatton Gallery

Nov. 5

Writers Harvest featuring Kent Haruf

Author of Plainsong

and CSU Creative Writing faculty

John Calderazzo, Leslee Becker and Matthew Cooperman

7:30 p.m.

(Location TBD)

Nov. 11

CSU Alumnus Jen Dick (poetry)

Author of Fluorescence

7:30 p.m. Hatton Gallery

Dec. 2

MFA Reading

Matt Myers

Bonnie Emerick

Brice Particelli

7:30 p.m. Natural Resources Bldg., Room 113

Feb. 3, 2005

Crow/Tremblay Alumni Reader Sandra Meek (poetry)

7:30 p.m. Hatton Gallery

Feb. 17, 2005

MFA Reading

Judea Franck (fiction)

Juliette Guilmette (fiction)

Stephanie Stickney (fiction)

7:30 p.m. Hatton Gallery

March 24, 2005

Eleni Sikelianos and Laird Hunt

7:30 p.m.

Natural Resources Bldg., Room 113(Location may change)

April 7, 2005

Ron Carlson (fiction)

7:30 p.m.

Natural Resources Bldg., Room 113(Location may change)

April 28, 2005

MFA Reading

Jenna McWilliams (poetry)

Marcus Pickett (fiction)

Katie Arnsteen (fiction)

7:30 p.m. Natural Resources Bldg., Room 113(Location may


Sponsors for the reading include the Department of English at

CSU, the

Organization of Graduate Student Writers through ASCSU, the

Colorado Review,

Arts Alive, University Park Holiday Inn and KRFC 88.9 FM Homegrown


The reading is free and open to the public. For additional

information about this or any other Reading Series event, please

call Judea Franck at (970) 491-6839.

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