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Keene State College Hosts Literary Readings

KEENE, N.H. 8/1/05 - Six writers will present public readings during a Writers Conference this week at Keene State College. Published authors will read from their works of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction during five afternoon sessions. All readings and receptions are free and open to the public. For further information, contact Keene State’s Continuing Education and Summer Session Office at 603-358-2290.

Monday, Aug. 1, 4:30 p.m. followed by a reception, Young Student Center, Mountainview Room: Jack Driscoll, who has written four books of poems, a collection of short stories, and three novels, will read selections from his works. His novel Lucky Man, Lucky Woman was the recipient of the 1998 Pushcart Book Editors Award. His work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Kansas City Star, Civilization, Poetry, Ploughshares, and other publications. Driscoll teaches creative writing at Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan.

Tuesday, Aug. 2. 4:30 p.m., Rhodes Hall, Room 203: Dzvinia Orlowsky, who has published three collections of poetry and one chapbook, will read her poetry. A founding editor of Four Way Books, Orlowsky is a contributing editor to Agni, The Marlboro Review, and Shade. Her poetry as well as translations and co-translations of contemporary Ukrainian poets have appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines. She teaches poetry at the Stonecoast MFA Program for Creative Writing at the University of Southern Maine.

Wednesday, Aug. 3, 5:15 p.m., Rhodes Hall, Room 203: Joseph Monninger, a novelist and author of two nonfiction books, and Rebecca Rule, author of both fiction and how-to-write books, will read selections from their works. Monninger has written eight novels including Mather and Viper Tree and two nonfiction books, A Barn in New England: Making a Home on Three Acres and Home Waters: Fishing with an Old Friend. An associate professor of English at Plymouth State University, he is also a fishing guide and currently writes a column that appears in several New Hampshire newspapers. Rule is the author of two collections of short fiction for adults: Wood Heat and The Best Revenge and co-author of two how-to-write books: Creating the Story and True Stories. She collects and writes humorous Granite State tales, some recorded on audiotape. She hosts “The Author Series” on television, co-hosts a literary radio show, and writes the newspaper column “Bookmarks.”

Thursday, Aug. 4, 5 p.m. followed by a reception, Young Student Center, Mountainview Room: Ellen Lesser, who is the author of three novels and a short-story collection, will read from her works. Her fiction, essays, and interviews have appeared in the Village Voice, the Missouri Review, the Mississippi Review, Epoch, and other magazines. Her stories have been performed on National Public Radio and anthologized in Houghton Mifflin’s Images of Women in Literature. She teaches writing at Vermont College and has taught at the Indiana University, Mt. Holyoke, and Stonecoast summer writers conferences.

Friday, Aug. 5, 4:30 p.m., Rhodes Hall, Room 203: Lesle Lewis, who won the 2002 Iowa Poetry Prize for her volume Small Boat, will read poetry. Her poems have appeared in journals including American Letters & Commentary and Barrow Street. Lewis teaches at Landmark College in Putney, Vt.

Keene State’s Writers Conference is an intensive residency program for established writers and teachers who wish to polish their skills and/or improve their students’ writing. The conference offers workshops in three genres - fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction - and participants meet individually with instructors and visiting writers, attend readings, and have time to write on their own.

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