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October 8, 2015
8:00 pm

Morgan University Center 303 

A Reading by Harrison Scott Key

author of the new memoir
The World's Largest Man (HarperCollins)


"Harrison's humor and nonfiction have appeared in The Best American Travel WritingOxford AmericanOutsideThe New York TimesMcSweeney's Internet TendencySalonReader's DigestImage, and Creative Nonfiction, as well as a number of magazines that don't pay you anything at all, not even a little. His work has been adapted for the stage and performed by Chicago's Neo-Futurists in their show Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind and Stories on Stage in Denver, Colorado, one of which paid him and one of which didn't, but it was cool, because, like, they are probably poor anyway, and helping the poor is a priority for Harrison, should he come under scrutiny." (taken from

October 22, 2015
8:00 pm

MUC 303

Poetry Reading with Angela Ball and Ashley Seitz Kramer, winner of the Zone 3 Press First Book Award for Poetry

angela-ball.jpgAngela Ball 

Angela Ball’s prize-winning and frequently anthologized poems and translations have appeared in journals including The New YorkerAtlantic MonthlyColorado ReviewDenver QuarterlyFieldPartisan ReviewPloughsharesPoetry, and The Southern Review. Her books of poetry include Kneeling Between Parked Cars (Owl Creek Press, 1990); Possession (Red Hen, 1995); Quartet (Carnegie Mellon, 1995); and The Museum of the Revolution (Carnegie Mellon, 1999). Her 2007 collection, Night Clerk At the Hotel of Both Worlds(University of Pittsburgh Press), received both the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award in Poetry and the Donald Hall Prize from the Association of Writers and Writing Programs. The recipient of an Individual Writer’s Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, Ball has represented the U.S. at the Poetry International Festival in Rotterdam, and has been a writer in residence at the University of Richmond and at Chateau Lavigny near Lausanne, Switzerland. (taken from USM's faculty page)


Ashley Seitz Kramer's manuscript, Museum of Distance, was selected by Angela Ball as the winner of the 2014 Zone 3 First Book Award for Poetry. Originally from Ohio, she has won several awards, including the Ruth Stone Prize, the Robert and Adele Schiff Prize, and the Utah Writers’ Contest. Her work is published or forthcoming in Colorado ReviewWestern Humanities ReviewQuarterly West, The Burnside Review, Parcel, Brevity, Cimarron Review, Iron Horse, The Southeast Review, Dogwood, and The Cincinnati Review, among others. She's been a finalist for a Ruth Lilly Fellowship and nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She taught college writing in Ohio for a decade and now teaches writing at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she is Assistant Dean of Arts and Sciences. 

Monday, Nov. 23, 2015

Bread & Words

Morgan University Center Ballroom

Dinner at 6:00 p.m.

Readings at 7:00 p.m.


February 9, 2015

Morgan University Center 303

4:00 p.m.


featuring Kory Shrum, Heather Donahoe, and Stephanie Bryant Anderson


Kory M. Shrum lives in Michigan with her partner and a ferocious guard pug. She has dabbled in everything from fortune telling to martial arts and when not reading or writing, she can be found teaching, traveling, and wearing a gi.  Her poetry has appeared in North American Review, Bateau and elsewhere. She has also published two urban fantasy novels, Dying for a Living and its sequel, Dying by the Hour. Learn more about Shrum from her website.


Heather Donahoe is the author of The Southern Food Truck Cookbook which has been described as a "collection of recipes" that "is a mosaic of the culinary traditions that are fondly recognized throughout the South."  Follow her on Twitter @HeatherDonahoe


Stephanie was the co-founder of Up the Staircase Quarterly, where she served as co-editor from 2008 - 2013. She left to pursue the the job of Publisher/Editor of Red Paint Hill Publishing.  She has been nominated for Best of the Net, storySouth Million Writers Award, and twice for the Pushcart Prize. A few of her publications include The Sow's Ear Poetry Review, Connotation Press, Full of Crow, Eclectica and THRUSH Poetry Journal. Read more about Stephanie by visiting her website.

November 4, 2014 Fiction Reading

Kevin Wilson

Kevin Wilson is the author of the collection Tunneling to the Center of the Earth (Ecco/Harper Perennial, 2009), which received an Alex Award from the American Library Associa- tion and the Shirley Jackson Award, and a novel, The Family Fang (Ecco, 2011). 

October 23, 2014 Nonfiction Reading

Kate Schmitt


Joni Tevis

Winner of the 2013 Creative Nonfiction Book Award for Singing Bones, judged by Joni Tevis, Kate Schmitt has an  M.F.A. and a Ph.D. from the University of  Houston’s Creative Writing Program.  Her work has been published in a number of anthologies, including Earth Shattering Poems (Holt, 1998), Light Gathering Poems (Holt, 2000), I Just Hope It’s Lethal (Houghton Mifflin, 2005), and The Weight of Addition (Mutabilis Press, 2007), as well as the literary journals ParadigmBirmingham Poetry ReviewSouthern Poetry Review, and Louisiana Literature.  She was a nonfiction editor of Gulf Coast and served on the journal’s Board of Directors in 2008-2009.   To read sample's of Kate Schmitt's writing or for links to order Singing Bones, visit zone3/kate-schmitt

Joni Tevis is the author of The Wet Collection (Milkweed Editions, paperback 2012).  Her writing has appeared inOrion, Oxford American, Shenandoah, Conjunctions, AGNI, The Bellingham Review, North Dakota Quarterly, Barrelhouse, and elsewhere.  In 2006, she was awarded a Minnesota State Arts Board Grant.  She lives in Greenville, South Carolina, and teaches literature and creative writing at Furman University.  She is at work on a new book of nonfiction about ghost towns, tourist traps, and atomic dread. It will be published in 2014 or 2015. To read more about Tevis visit her website.

April 11, 2014

Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood was born in 1939 in Ottawa and grew up in northern Ontario, Quebec, and Toronto. She received her undergraduate degree from Victoria College at the University of Toronto and her master's degree from Radcliffe College.

Throughout her writing career, Margaret Atwood has received numerous awards and honorary degrees. She is the author of more than fifty volumes of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and non-fiction and is perhaps best known for her novels, which include The Edible Woman (1970), The Handmaid's Tale (1983), The Robber Bride (1994), Alias Grace (1996), and The Blind Assassin, which won the prestigious Booker Prize in 2000.  To read more about Atwood, visit her website.

February 6, 2014 Poetry Reading
Toi Derricote


Jeff Harden

Toi Derricotte has published five collections of poetry, most recently, The Undertaker's Daughter (2011). An earlier collection of poems, Tender, won the 1998 Paterson Poetry Prize. Her literary memoir, The Black Notebooks, published by W.W. Norton in 1997, won the 1998 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Non-Fiction and was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Derricotte's essay, "Beginning Dialogues," is included in The Best American Essays 2006, edited by Lauren Slater; her essay, "Beds," is included in The Best American Essays 2011, edited by Edwidge Danticat. She is a Professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh and serves on the Academy of American Poets' Board of Chancellors. To learn more about Derricote's writing and numerous awards, please visit her website.

Jeff Hardin was born in Savannah, TN, (Hardin county), an eighth generation descendant of the county's founder.  He is a graduate of Austin Peay State University (B.S. in English) and the University of Alabama (M.F.A. in Poetry).  He is the author of two chapbooks, Deep in the Shallows (GreenTower Press, 2002) and The Slow Hill Out (Pudding House, 2003) as well as two collections of poetry:  Fall Sanctuary, recipient of the Nicholas Roerich Prize from Story Line Press, and Notes for a Praise Book, recently selected by Toi Derricotte and published by Jacar Press.  His poems have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize multiple times and have been featured on Poetry DailyVerse Daily, and The Writer's Almanac.  He is professor of English at Columbia State Community College in Columbia, TN.  To learn more about Hardin, please visit his website.

October 3, 2013 Poetry Reading 

Nancy Eimers


Karen Skolfield

Karen Skolfield's Blog

Nancy Eimers is the author of four poetry collections: Oz (Carnegie Mellon, 2011), A Grammar to Waking (Carnegie Mellon, 2006), No Moon (Purdue Univ. Press, 1997) and Destroying Angel (Wesleyan Univ. Press , 1991).  Nancy Eimers teaches creative writing at Western Michigan University and has been the recipient of a Nation “Discovery” Award, a Whiting Writers Award, two NEA Fellowships, and a Pushcart Prize. 

Karen Skolfield lives in Massachusetts with her husband and two kids. She teaches technical writing at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she also earned her MFA. She is a contributing editor at Bateau Press and the literary magazine Stirring and her poems have appeared in 2011 Best of the Net Anthology, Cave Wall, Memorious, Painted Bride Quarterly, Rattle, Tar River Poetry, Verse Daily, West Branch, and others. Skolfield's book, Frost in the Low Areas, is the winner of the latest Zone 3 First Book Award for Poetry.  For more information, visit Skolfield online.

September 12, 2013 Nonfiction Reading

Rebecca McClanahan

Rebecca McClanahan's tenth book is The Tribal Knot: A Memoir of Family, Community, and a Century of Change. She has also published five books of poetry and a suite of essays, The Riddle Song and Other Rememberings, winner of the Glasgow prize in nonfiction. Her three books of writing instruction include Word Painting: A Guide to Writng More Descriptively, which is used as a text in numerous writing programs. To learn more about McClanahan, visit her website.

April 11, 2013 Nonfiction Reading

Nicole Walker

Nicole Walker -- writer
Nikwalk Blog

A graduate of the University of Utah’s doctoral program, Nicole Walker is currently Assistant Professor of Poetry and Creative Nonfiction at Northern Arizona University, nonfiction editor of Diagram and editor of the artist/writer collaborative project “7 Rings” on the Huffington Post

She is the author of the nonfiction book, Quench Your Thirst with Salt, which won the Zone 3 First Book Award for Nonfiction in 2012.  She is also the author of a collection of poems, This Noisy Egg (Barrow Street, 2010) and she edited, along with Margot Singer, Bending Genre: Essays on Nonfiction, published by Bloomsbury Press in 2013.  Learn more about Walker by visiting her website and following her blog.

April 4, 2013 Civil Rights Lecture

J. Todd Moye

J. Todd Moye is an Associate Professor of History and the Director of the Oral History Program at the University of North Texas.  He has participated in symposims and given lectures about civil rights since 1995.  His first book, Ella Baker: Community Organizer of the Civil Rights Movement, was published in 2013.

March 1, 2013 Poetry Reading

Blas Falconer

Blas Falconer: Poet. Editor. Memoirist.

Blas Falconer is the author of The Foundling Wheel(Four Way Books, 2012);  A Question of Gravity and Light (University of Arizona Press, 2007);  and The Perfect Hour (Pleasure Boat Studio: A Literary Press, 2006).  He is also a co-editor for The Other Latin@: Writing Against a Singular Identity (University of Arizona Press, 2011) and Mentor & Muse:  Essays from Poets to Poets (Southern Illinois University Press, 2010).

He teaches at University of Southern California and in the low-residency MFA program at Murray State University.

For more information about Falconer, visit his website: Blas Falconer: Poet. Editor. Memoirist.

February 12, 2013 Fiction Reading
November 8, 2012 Nonfiction Reading

David Huddle

David Huddle held the 2012-13 Acuff Chair of Excellence at the Austin Peay State University Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts in Tennessee. Previously he was Distinguished Visiting Professor of Creative Writing at Hollins University in Virginia. He taught for thirty-eight years at the University of Vermont and continues to teach at the Bread Loaf School of English. He has published seventeen books of fiction, poetry, and essays. His novel The Story of a Million Years (Houghton Mifflin, 1999) was named a Distinguished Book of the Year by Esquire and a best Book of the Year by the Los Angeles Times Book Review. In 2012, LSU published his seventh poetry collection, Black Snake at the Family Reunion.

October 11, 2012 Poetry Reading

Helena Mesa

Helena Mesa is the author of “Horse Dance Under Water” and a co-editor of “Mentor and Muse: Essays from Poets to POets”. Her poems have appeared in Barrow Street, Poet Lore, Indiana Review, and other journals.

She lives in Ann Arbor and is an associate professor of English at Albion Colleg

April 23, 2012 Poetry Reading

William Pitt Root

Pam Uschuk

William Pitt Root’s recent collections include Strange Angels (2013), Sublime Blue: Selected Early Odes of Pablo Neruda, and White Boots: New and Selected Poems of the West.  He is also the poetry editor for Cutthroat, a literary journal.  Read more about Root here.

American Book Award winner, Pamela Uschuk graduated with honors with a MFA in Poetry and Fiction from the University of Montana.  Called by the Bloomsbury Review, “one of the most insightful and spirited poets today,” she is the author of six books of  poems.  Uschuck is also editor in chief of Cutthroat, a literary journal

April 2, 2012 Poetry Reading

Marilyn Kallet

Marilyn Kallet was born in Montgomery, Alabama, and grew up in New York. She is the author of 15 books, including Packing Light: New and Selected Poems; Circe, After HoursThe Big Game, translation of Surrealist poet Benjamin Peret, 2011, and Last Love Poems of Paul Eluard.

Kallet directs the creative writing program at the University of Tennessee, where she is also Professor of English. To learn more about Kallet, visit her website.

March 23, 2012 Asanbe Diversity Symposium

George Estreich

Of himself Estreich states, "I’m a writer and at-home dad living in western Oregon with my family. My B.A. is from the University of Virginia, my M.F.A. from Cornell. I’ve published two books: Textbook Illustrations of the Human Bodya collection of poetry, and The Shape of the Eyea book about raising my daughter Laura, who has Down syndrome."  Learn more about Estreich by visiting his website

November 22, 2011 Bread and Words

Photo cutline: (Front row) Laura McClister, Raven Jackson, (back row) Chase Davenport, Charles Booth and Ryan Boyd will all read during the Nov. 22 Bread and Words Benefit at APSU. (Photo by Rian Barger/APSU Public Relations and Marketing; photo originally posted with an announcement of the event.)

Every November Barry Kitterman and the Department of Languages and Literature hold "Bread and Words." At this event, bread and soups are served and students and faculty read their creative works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Donations are taken to benifit a charity that supplies food for those who are in need of it.  The readers for the 2011 event were Laura McClister, Charles Booth, Ryan Boyd, Chase Davenport, and Raven Jackson.

November 2, 2011 Nonfiction Reading

Ashley Butler

Ashley is a writer, editor and researcher living in Austin, Texas. She has a B.A. in Literature and Creative Writing from Columbia University and an M.F.A. in Nonfiction Writing from the University of Iowa. Her work has appeared in The Believer, Ninth LetterjubilatGulf CoastCreative Nonfiction, and POOL. She is the author of Dear Sound of Footstep.  To learn more about Butler, visit her website.

September 15, 2011 Poetry Reading

Rigoberto Gonzalez

Amanda Auchter

Rigoberto González was born in Bakersfield, California and raised in Michoacán, Mexico. He is the author of two poetry books, So Often the Pitcher Goes to Water until It Breaks (1999), a National Poetry Series selection, and Other Fugitives and Other Strangers (2006). He has also written two bilingual children’s books, Soledad Sigh-Sighs (2003) and Antonio’s Card (2005).  To learn more about Gonzalez visit his website.

Amanda Auchter is the founding editor of Pebble Lake Review and the author of The Wishing Tomb, winner of  the 2012 Perugia Press  Prize and the 2013 PEN Center USA Literary Award for Poetry, The Glass Crib, winner of the 2010 Zone 3 Press First Book Award for Poetry, and the chapbook Light Under Skin.   To learn more about Auchter, visit her website.

April 5, 2011 Nonfiction Reading

Lia Purpura

Lia Purpura is the author of three collections of poems (King BabyStone Sky Lifting, andThe Brighter the Veil), three collections of essays (Rough LikenessOn LookingIncrease), and one collection of translations, (Poems of Grzegorz Musial: Berliner Tagebuch and Taste of Ash).

In addition to a 2012 Guggenheim Fellowship, Lia Purpura has also been awarded an NEA Fellowship, a Fulbright Fellowship (Translation, Warsaw, Poland), three Pushcart Prizes, a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, and multiple residencies and fellowships at the MacDowell Colony.

For more information about Purpura, visit her website.

February 25, 2011 Fiction Reading

Joyce Carol Oates

Joyce Carol Oates is the author of more than 70 books, including novels, short story collections, poetry volumens, plays, essays, and criticism.  Among her many honors are the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction and the National Book Award. Oates is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University, and has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1978.

January 24, 2011 Poetry Reading

John Pursley III

John Pursley III is the author of If You Have Ghosts, winner of the Zone 3 Press First Book Award, and four chapbooks of poetry. He is poetry editor for Burnside Reviewand teaches at Clemson University.

October 28, 2010 Fiction Reading 

Richard Bausch

He is the author of eleven novels and eight collections of stories, including the novels Rebel Powers, Violence, Good Evening Mr. & Mrs. America And All The Ships At Sea, In The Night Season, Hello To The Cannibals, Thanksgiving Night, and Peace; and the story collections Spirits, The Fireman’s Wife, Rare & Endangered Species, Someone To Watch Over Me, The Stories of Richard Bausch, Wives & Lovers, and the recently released Something Is Out There. 

To learn more about Bausch, visit his website.

September 23, 2010 Poetry Reading

Kazim Ali


Brett Ralph

Kazim Ali is a poet, essayist, fiction writer and translator. His books include several volumes of poetry, including Sky Ward,The Far Mosque, winner of Alice James Books' New England/New York Award, The Fortieth Day, and Bright Felon: Autobiography and Cities.  He has also published several translations and multiple novels. He is an associate professor of Creative Writing and Comparative Literature at Oberlin College. 

For more information about Kazim Ali, visit his website.

Brett Ralph is the author of Black Sabbatical (Sarabande Books), which was published in 2009 as the selection of the Linda Bruckheimer Series in Kentucky Literature. He was the lead singer in the Louisville punk band Malignant Growth, and has released albums with the bands Rising Shotgun and Brett Eugene Ralph’s Kentucky Chrome Review, the latter of which can currently be heard playing venues in the Louisville area and elsewhere. His poetry has appeared in Conduit, Willow Springs, The McSweeney’s Book of Poets Picking Poets, and The American Poetry Review, as well as other publications.  He is a professor of writing and literature at Hopkinsville Community College. Follow the link to this biography and its subsequent interview at

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