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Queens celebrates 10th anniversary of MFA Program in Creative Writing

In celebration of its 10th anniversary, the Low-Residency MFA Program in Creative Writing at Queens University of Charlotte will hold a special reading on Thursday, Oct. 20 at 8:30 p.m. in Sykes Auditorium.  The reading, which is free and open to the public, will feature both faculty and graduates of the program, including novelist Jonathan Dee whose most recent book The Privileges was a finalist for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in fiction and was the recipient of The St. Francis Prize.

Other faculty readers include Rebecca McClanahan, a nonfiction writer and poet, whose essay collection The Riddle Song and Other Rememberings won the 2005 Glasgow Award for nonfiction, and Morri Creech, Queens Writer-in-Residence and author of the poetry collection Field Kowledge, whose work has been published in Poetry, The Sewanee Review, The New Republic, The New Criterion, The Southern Review, The Yale Review and other journals.

In recognition of the many achievements of the program's graduates, the reading will also feature will also feature the work of three alumna: Jessica Handler, whose memoir Invisible Sisters was published in 2009 by Public Affairs Books; Susan Meyers, whose collection of poetry Keep and Give Away was published in 2006 by The University of South Carolina Press; and Susan Woodring, whose novel Goliath will be published in 2012 by St. Martin's Press.

The 10th anniversary MFA reading will also serve as the opening event for the first annual Queens Writing Symposium, sponsored by Queens' Hayworth College for Adult Studies in collaboration with the MFA Program.  

The symposium, which will continue through Friday, Oct. 21, will feature keynote addresses on Friday morning from novelist and MFA Director Fred Leebron and poet/essayist Rebecca McClanahan, followed by a panel on publishing.  After a networking luncheon, an afternoon session of "Master Classes" taught by MFA faculty and alumna offers writers the chance to review and revise their manuscripts for publication.  The morning session and luncheon cost $99, and the Master Classes are an additional $149.


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