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Senior Reading Celebrates Creative Works

By Annaka Isenberger
UWRF University Communications

APRIL 21, 2008--On May 1-2, many graduating seniors at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls will share their creative works at the sixth annual senior reading in the Breezeway of the Chalmer Davee Library at 4 p.m.

Jennifer Brantley, a professor of English and editor of the Literary Magazine Review, began the senior readings six years ago as a way to get to know students as writers and thinkers and for students to recognize each in this light.

"I see these readings as a chance for writers to form a community, for faculty and staff to hear out students' ideas outside class, and to recognize that learning carries over into our walking, waking world," Brantley said.  

The featured seniors, including Brett Kroska of River Falls, Jaci McKay, Annaka Isenberger of Stanley, Shane Hawley of St. Paul, and Jenna Super of New Auburn, will be reading many different genres of literature.  

Colleen McMillan of St. Paul has chosen to present, "An Incident at Little Sterling Lake," a short fiction piece about taking responsibility for one's actions and having to live with them. Lindsey Frandrup, a double major in English and animal science from Hastings, Minn., plans on reading some of her poetry from both in and outside of class.

"It's great that faculty help us and support us through [the writing] process," Frandrup said about her creative writing experience in the English department.  

Matt Loosbrock, a double major in English and music from Lindstrom, Minn., also sees the senior reading event as something special.

"It definitely brings a voice to the students and it allows them one more achievement before they graduate," Loosbrock said. As for participation in the event, Loosbrock added wryly, "It's the last time I'll be able to share my work before being buried in a flurry of 'no thank-yous' from editors."

For more information contact Brantley at or student coordinator Jaci McKay at


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