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Zone 3 celebrates its 30th anniversary with reading, reception on Nov. 4

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — Join Zone 3, the Austin Peay State University Center for Excellence for the Creative Arts’ literary journal, at 4 p.m. on Nov. 4, as it celebrates its 30th anniversary with readings by a number of award-winning former contributors and editors.

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — Join Zone 3, the Austin Peay State University Center for Excellence for the Creative Arts’ literary journal, at 4 p.m. on Nov. 4, as it celebrates its 30th anniversary with readings by a number of award-winning former contributors and editors.

The event, which takes place in the Franklin Room at F&M Bank in downtown Clarksville, is free and open to the public. The event begins with a reception, followed at 5 p.m. by readings from a number of authors, including accomplished poets and Austin Peay emeritus professors of English, Malcom Glass and David Till.

Glass is the author of two collections of poems, “In the Shadow of the Gourd” and “Bone Love,” as well as five chapbooks. He directed the creative writing program at Austin Peay for many years. Till arrived at Austin Peay in 1971, and in 1986, he served with Glass as founding editors of Zone 3. He collaborated with Glass on other University projects, including the creation of the Visiting Writers Series for the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts.

An accomplished writer, Till’s book of poems, “Oval,” was published by Zone 3 Press in 2006.

Former Zone 3 contributors Dustin Parsons, Gary McDowell and Caitlin McGuire will also read selections of their work during the event. Each author represents the national draw of Zone 3, bringing a unique perspective to the journal informed by their diverse backgrounds.

Parsons, an associate professor of English at State University of New York-Fredonia, has received numerous awards for his writing, including an Ohio Arts Grant and a New York Fine Arts grant in creative non-fiction, the 2013 American Literary Review Prize in fiction, the 2014 fiction prize from The Laurel Review and a "notable" in the 2014 Best American Essays. He was awarded a residency fellowship at Wyoming's Brush Creek Foundation of the Arts.

A Nashville resident, McDowell is an assistant professor of English at Belmont University, and is the co-editor of "The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Prose Poetry." He is the author of five collections of poetry, and his work has appeared in journals such as American Poetry review, The Nation and Gulf Coast.

McGuire was born and raised in California, but calls Seattle her home. As an author, her work has appeared in River Teeth, Harpur Palate, Redivider and Ninth Letter, among others. She has completed residencies in Croatia, Serbia and Brooklyn, New York.

For more information on Zone 3 and additional upcoming events, visit www.apsu.edu/zone3, or call 931-221-7031.