West Virginia Wesleyan's Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program will host a Visiting Writers Series during the program's Winter Residency.
These writers will be reading from their original work, and copies of their books will be available for sale; readings will be held in Wesleyan's Black Box Theatre in the English Annex unless otherwise noted:
- Carter Sickels, author of the novel "The Evening Hour," at 8 p.m. Dec. 28.
- West Virginia Poet Laureate Marc Harshman, author of the forthcoming "Green-Silver and Silent," at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 29.
- Adrian Blevins, author of the poetry collections "Live from the Homesick Jamboree" and "The Brass Girl Brouhaha," at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 30.
- Karen McElmurray, author of the novels, "The Motel of the Stars" and "Strange Birds in the Tree of Heaven," and the memoir "Surrendered Child: A Birth Mother's Journey" at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 31. (Reading held in WV Wesleyan's Nellie Wilson Lounge in Benedum Hall.)
- Kevin Oderman, author of the essay collection "How Things Fit Together" and two novels, "Going" and "White Vespa," at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 1.
- Sara Beth Childers, author of the forthcoming memoir-in-essays, "Shake Terribly the Earth," and Aaron Smith, author of two poetry collections, "Appetite" and "Blue on Blue Ground," at 3 p.m. Jan. 2.
- Elizabeth Stone, author of four books including the memoir, "A Boy I Once Knew: What a Teacher Learned from her Student," at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 4. (Reading held in the Green Room, 88 Restaurant and Lounge, at 88 E. Main Street, Buckhannon.)
Wesleyan's low-residency MFA in Creative Writing offers an apprenticeship model that enables students to earn a Master's degree without having to uproot their lives. Students are on campus for an intense residency period of nine to 10 days each summer and winter, and complete their semester course work through correspondence with a mentor.
Launched by Irene McKinney, who served as West Virginia's Poet Laureate until her death in February 2012, the program continues to honor her vision: the dynamic core faculty is committed to fostering the creation of fine literature, particularly literature that explores place and identity. This program is the only one of its kind in the state.
These events are free and open to the public. For more information about the readings or about Wesleyan's creative writing program, contact MFA Director Jessie van Eerden: vaneerden@wvwc, 304.473.8329.
This project is being presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Humanities Council, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations do not necessarily represent those of the West Virginia Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.