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Winter Salon Series Ends with Talk by Poet, Playwright and Photographr Mitzi Cross

        CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The Austin Peay State University Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts will present its last Winter Salon featuring artist, poet, playwright and photographer Mitzi Cross, at 5:30 p.m. on March 31 in the Montgomery County Public Library’s large meeting room.

        CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The Austin Peay State University Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts will present its last Winter Salon featuring artist, poet, playwright and photographer Mitzi Cross, at 5:30 p.m. on March 31 in the Montgomery County Public Library’s large meeting room.

        Cross will give a presentation on the nature of the creative process using works from “Recovered Memories/Imagined Portraits,” a collaboration of poems and photography she produced with Mark Griggs. She will talk about how the show came into being and how the creative process is just that—a process.

       The works from “Recovered Memories/Imagined Portraits” will be available for sale. Mitzi will also have her new chapbook, “Recovered Memories/Imagined Portraits,” for sale. Refreshments and conversation will follow the presentation.

       Cross is an award-winning playwright, poet and photographer. Her two-act play "In and Out of Boxes" won recognition and was selected for a professional production in a national playwrighting competition. Her poetry, fiction and photography have appeared in several publications including North Carolina Scenes, Number One, The Scribbling Mob and Southern Land Poetry Review. Her novel "Skull Hill" is seeking publication and she is currently working on her memoirs.

       Cross graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a B.S. in Social Work and Psychology. Due to the stress of working at a privately owned foster care and adoption agency, she took a class her senior year as an elective in black and white photography. The darkroom experience had a meditative affect and became a place of refuge. The dim safelights, running water and solitary focus were a much-needed relief from home visits to potential foster parents, the high stress of the adoption process and dealing with children removed from abusive homes.

       For more information on the upcoming Salon, contact the APSU Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts at 221-7876.