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Fiction, poetry and film on display during Zone 3 Fall 2017 Reading Series

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — Zone 3, the Austin Peay State University Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts’ literary journal, welcomes a diverse group of writers, filmmakers and creative minds for its Fall 2017 Zone 3 Reading Series.

Steven Sherrill will travel to campus on Sept. 19 at 4 p.m. to give a reading from his new novel, "The Minotaur Takes His Own Sweet Time." An associate professor of English and integrative arts at Penn State University, Altoona, and the recipient of a 2002 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship for Fiction, Sherrill has written a book of poems and three novels, including “The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break,” “Visits from the Drowned Girl” and “The Locktender’s House.” “The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break” has been translated into eight languages and was recently released as an audio book by Neil Gaiman Productions.

On Oct. 5 at 8 p.m., Cait Weiss Orcutt, the recipient of the 2016 Zone 3 Press First Book Award in poetry, will join contest judge Douglas Kearney to give a reading of their work. Weiss Orcutt's award-winning work, "VALLEYSPEAK," judged and selected by Kearney, was published by Zone 3 Press this fall. Weiss Orcutt has also been published in journals including FIELD, Tupelo Quarterly, Slipstream and The Pinch. Her other honors include the Helen Earnhart Harley Fellowship and Ohio State University’s Academy of American Poets Award. A poet, performer and librettist, Kearney has published six books, including "Buck Studies," a book the New York Times described as “a potent cocktail of political anger and radical formal experimentation.”

An alumna of the creative writing program at Austin Peay, filmmaker Jennifer Callahan will present a screening of her new film, “Beulah Land,” on Oct. 26 at 4 p.m. Callahan received her Master of Fine Arts in photography from Washington University, and now lives in Asheville, North Carolina, where she owns and operates her own photography business.

Joining Callahan on Oct. 26 is author Stephanie McCarley Dugger, who will read excerpts from her new poetry collection, "Either Way, You're Done." An award-winning author, her previous work, "Sterling," won the Vella Chapbook contest. An assistant professor of poetry at Austin Peay, Dugger also serves as an assistant poetry editor for the Zone 3 literary journal.

On Nov. 20, Austin Peay’s Department of Languages & Literature will hold its 23rd annual Bread & Words benefit reading and dinner. An evening of homemade soups prepared by faculty members and creative works by Austin Peay students, this year’s event takes place in the Morgan University Center Ballroom AB, with dinner at 6 p.m. and readings at 7 p.m. A $5 donation to the APSU Food Pantry is requested at the door.

All events take place in the Art & Design Building, room 120 and are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.

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