Friday, Sept. 12, 2014

Award-winning Authors Aim to Please at MegaRead Planned by the UNO Creative Writing Workshop

This month, four award-winning authors speak at the University of New Orleans for a "Mega Read" event hosted by the UNO Creative Writing Workshop.Four award-winning authors come to campus this month to share their work and thoughts at a "Mega-Read" event hosted by the University of New Orleans Creative Writing Workshop.

Four award-winning authors come to campus this month to share their work and thoughts at a "Mega-Read" event hosted by the University of New Orleans Creative Writing Workshop.

Mark Your Calendars

Join us this month for the Mega-Read, a reading and reception with four award-winning authors.

The fun runs from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014 in UNO Liberal Arts Building Room 140. Open to the Public.

The CWW also hosts Louisiana Poet Laureate Ava Harmon at 8 p.m. on October 8. Location TBA, open to the public.

CWW will also co-host the Melanated Writers Collective October 27, 2014. Time and location TBA. Open to the public.

"The Mega Read is a big deal as it is the opening volley in the Creative Writing Workshop's initiative to get the UNO campus hopping again with visiting writers," said Professor M.O. Walsh, director. "As the only MFA program in creative writing in New Orleans, our campus should be the epicenter of literary activity in the city. This is a great start to making that a reality."

The writers coming to campus on Sept. 25 include an award winning novelist, essayist, short story writer, and poet, said Walsh. They are coming from Ohio, Mississippi, Missouri, and "right here in New Orleans to read and visit with our students," he said. The reading is open to the public and will have lights snacks and refreshments. Anyone is welcome. The authors' books will also be available for sale and they will sign copies.

Walsh, who became director of the UNO Creative Writing Workshop this spring, is taking great strides to continue the upward momentum of the program, which Publishers Weekly acknowledged this summer as one of the literary world's best.

The program offers both a resident graduate program and a low-residency graduate program that culminates for graduates in a Master of Fine Arts degree. Approximately 70 students pursue studies in five genres: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, playwriting and screenwriting. This year, the program received 83 applications, in fiction alone, for a class of 13.

This month, the four award-winning authors visiting campus are:

Sean Ennis

Sean Ennis, author of Chase Us: Stories, released by Little A/New Harvest Press this year. Ennis is a Philadelphia, Penn. native, now living in Water Valley, Miss., where he teaches at the University of Mississippi and the Gotham Writers' Workshop. A recipient of a Mississippi Arts Commission literary grant, his work has appeared in Tin House, Crazyhorse, The Good Men Project, and The Best New American Voices anthology.

Michelle Herman

Michelle Herman is a fiction writer and essayist whose most recent book is Stories We Tell Ourselves. A new collection of essays, Like A Song, is due out in 2015, as is her first book for children, The Girl's Guide to Life. She directs the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Ohio State.

Mona Lisa Saloy

Mona Lisa Saloy is an author, folklorist, educator, and scholar. Her first book of poetry, Red Beans & Ricely Yours, won the T.S. Eliot Prize and the PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles Award. Her new book, Second Line Home, is a refreshing collection of poems that captures the day-to-day New Orleans speech, contemplates family dynamics, celebrates New Orleans, and all in a way everyday people can enjoy.

Mary Troy

Mary Troy is the author of the novel, Beauties, winner of the USA Book Award, and finalist for Forewords Book of the Year Award. Her previous three books are collections of short stories. Cookie Lily won the Devil's Kitchen Award for best book of prose published in 2004;The Alibi Cafe and Other Stories earned a glowing review in The New York Times; and Joe Baker Is Dead was nominated for the PEN/Faulkner award. The author served as first director of the University of Missouri's MFA program, a position she held for 13 years, and she was just awarded the Governor's Award for Teaching Excellence by the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Walsh, who will see his own first novel, My Sunshine Away, launched by Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam in January, has planned a series of events to draw writers to campus this fall.

Mark your calendars: The Creative Writing Workshop will host Louisiana Poet Laureate Ava Harmon in October and co-host the MelaNated Writers' Collective that month too.
 

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