January 11, 2007

Literary Reading Series announces spring 2007 schedule

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The Purdue University Literary Reading Series will feature a variety of authors who write poetry, fiction and nonfiction during the spring semester.

The series is organized by the College of Liberal Arts' Creative Writing Program, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary. All readings are free and open to the public.

"The graduate program in creative writing at Purdue is in a golden era," says Porter Shreve, director of creative writing and associate professor of English. "For 20 years, founding faculty members Marianne Boruch and Patricia Henley have been mentoring young writers who have gone on to publish books and win national awards, and our seven faculty members continue to publish significant work, with exciting new books from poet Donald Platt and nonfiction writer Bich Minh Nguyen coming out this spring alone.

"Poets & Writers Magazine recently mentioned Purdue among the top 15 programs in the country. And we're looking forward to seeing many of our former students at the 20th anniversary reunion at the Associated Writing Programs' Annual Conference in Atlanta on March 2."

The series begins with Joy Castro, who teaches literature and creative writing at Wabash College, at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 22 in the Hicks Undergraduate Library Bookstall.

Castro is the author of the memoir "The Truth Book." Her short fiction and creative nonfiction have been published in anthologies and in journals such as North American Review, Cream City Review, Chelsea, Quarterly West and Puerto del Sol. She also has received the Charles Gordone Award for Poetry and a Frank B. Vogel Scholarship in nonfiction at the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference.

The 2007 spring schedule also includes:

• Bich Minh Nguyen, an assistant professor of English at Purdue. She will present a creative nonfiction reading from her new book, "Stealing Buddha's Dinner," at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 30 in the Hicks Undergraduate Library Bookstall.

• Heather McHugh, who teaches in the Master of Fine Arts Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College and is the Milliman Writer-in-Residence at the University of Washington in Seattle. She will present a poetry reading at 7:30 p.m. on March 19 in the Hicks Undergraduate Library Bookstall.

• Donald Platt, associate professor of English at Purdue. He will present a poetry reading from his new book, "My Father Says Grace," at 7:30 p.m. on March 29 in the Hicks Undergraduate Library Bookstall.

The Creative Writing program also participates in the Purdue Literary Awards with faculty serving on the awards committee and students running the book sales of the visiting author. This year, Sherman Alexie will speak at the April 19 Literary Awards Banquet and at a public reading after the banquet in Fowler Hall. Alexie is author of "Reservation Blues" and "Indian Killer" and the screenplay "Smoke Signals."

The Literary Awards is sponsored by Purdue Libraries and the Department of English.

The Purdue Literary Reading Series is sponsored by the Creative Writing Program and the Department of English.

Media contact: Christy Jones, (765) 494-1089, christyjones@purdue.edu

Sources: Porter Shreve, (765) 496-1651, pshreve@purdue.edu

Daryll Lynne Evans, (765) 494-3783, boliviared@purdue.edu

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096; purduenews@purdue.edu

Related Web sites:
Purdue Department of English: https://www.cla.purdue.edu/english/

Purdue Creative Writing Program: https://www.cla.purdue.edu/english/CreativeWriting/


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