September 20, 2002
UW-RF Reading Series Plans Four Readings
Four breezeway readings by student writers and authors are scheduled from October to December for the Reading Series at UW-River Falls. Readings are held on Fridays at 3:30, in the breezeway of the Chalmer Davee Library on the campus of UW-RF.
Novelist Steve Heller is scheduled to read on Oct. 11. Heller is best known for his novel, "The Automotive History of Lucky Kellerman," a selection of both Book-of-the-Month Club and the Quality Paperback Book Club. His second novel, "Father's Mechanical Universe,"was published in 2001, and his short stories have appeared in numerous magazines and national anthologies.
The Oct. 25 meeting is dedicated to student readings.
Author Kirsten Dierking, known for her book of poetry, "One Red Eye," will read on Nov. 15. Her poetry chronicles her experience as a victim of sexual assault on a college campus in the 1980s.
The Dec. 6 meeting is dedicated to student readings. The UW-RF Reading Series was founded in 1996 by English Professor Jenny Brantley, to provide a community for writers and a place for their voice. It serves both the students and the people of the region.
The readings provide a place for students to read their own poetry and prose and to meet established authors. At a student reading, those students who have signed up read first, then the mike is opened up for any others who have brought in work to read. Guest readers often include writers of regional and national acclaim who are available for questions after their readings.
"In the beginning, our turnout at readings was small," said Branstad. "Now it is anywhere from 25 to 100 people. This is amazing to me! I love hearing the sound of laughter and applause coming from the library on a Friday afternoon."
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