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Fall Writers' Forum at St. Andrews to bring seven authors to share insights

Laurinburg, N.C. - This fall, seven authors will share insights into their work and the process of writing through the St. Andrews Writers' Forum. Free and open to the public, Forums begin at 8 p.m. in Orange Main Lounge unless otherwise noted.

“We will begin with our traditional welcome back open mic on Sept. 1,” said Dr. Ted Wojtasik, faculty advisor of the forum. “These open mic opportunities allow for our students, faculty, staff and members of the community to share their creative works in a formal setting.”

Readers are asked to keep their selections to 5-7 minutes to allow for all interested to share. Student host for fall semester, Patrick Doyle, will keep a sign up list.

Additional open mics are set for Sept. 15, Nov. 3 and Nov. 17.

Novelist and poet Alan Michael Parker will come to Orange Main Lounge on Sept. 8. He is the author of two novels, Cry Uncle and Whale Man, and six collections of poems, including the forthcoming Long Division.

Parker has received two Pushcart Prizes. The Fineline Prize from the Mid-American Review and the Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America. His poetry has appeared in more than 50 journals and his essays and reviews have been published in the New York Times Book Review and The New Yorker, among others.

Former St. Andrews Professor and poet Tom Heffernan will take the microphone on Sept. 22. He has taught at colleges and universities in the United States, United Kingdom and Japan over the years and has published widely since 1960. Of his 10 books and chapbooks, the first, Mobiles and Other Poems, was published in 1973 by St. Andrews College Press. His The Liam Poems received the Roanoke-Chowan Prize. He received an NEA Literary Fellowship in Poetry and Fiction awarded through the Southern Arts Federation and prizes from the Poetry Society of America, Cruicible, and Poetry Center of the Southeast at Guilford College. His haiku have received several Mainichi Awards a Japan Airlines award and, in 2006, the Kusamakura Grand Prize which included a trip to Japan.

Adam Shepard will share his insights on writing during a special Forum on Sept. 29. This special event will begin at 7 p.m. in Morris Morgan Theatre. The author of Scratch Beginnings is coming to the campus as part of a common reading experience for the freshmen class.

Shepard graduated from Merrimack College in 2006 with a degree in Business Management and Spanish. Having taken an interest in social issues, he left after graduation with $25 to his name and departed for Charleston, S.C. His experience became Scratch Beginnings. He currently resides in Raleigh.

Darlene Harbor Unrue will travel from Las Vegas for her reading on Oct. 13. She holds the rank of Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Having earned the Ph.D. at the Ohio State University, she has published numerous articles on America literature and eight books on the life and works of Katherine Anne Porter including Truth and Vision in Katherine Anne Porter's Fiction, Katherine Anne Porter's Poetry and Katherine Anne Porter Remembered. She has received numerous prizes and awards including The Eudora Welty Prize for Excellence in Modern Letters. She is currently completing an edition of letters by Katherine Anne Porter.

Jennifer Key shares her work on Oct. 20. Key currently teaches creative writing at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and also serves as the interim editor of Pembroke Magazine. Her work has won the Poetry Center of Chicago's Juried Reading, The Southwest Review's McGinnis-Ritchie Award for Fiction and Shenandoah's Graybeal-Gowen Prize for Virginia Writers. Her poetry and fiction have also appeared in The Antioch Review and The Carolina Quarterly among other locations.

Distinguished Professor of Politics Neal Bushoven will share his writing on Oct. 27. He has traveled extensively and has gone camping with students in India, Africa, the Middle East, Cuba, Mexico and the western United States. He used his experiences to write Traveling Notes, published by the St. Andrews College Press. He is known as a student of the politics of everyday behavior, pack rat and collector.

Philip Gerard concludes the professional writer presentations on Nov. 10. A man of many talents, he has published fiction and nonfiction in numerous magazines, including the New England Review and Hayden's Ferry Review. He is the author of three novels: Hatteras Light, Cape Fear Rising and Desert Kill, and two books of nonfiction: Brilliant Passage and Creative Nonfiction - Researching and Crafting Stories of Real Life. He has written nine half-hour shows for Globe Watch, an international affairs program for PBS-affiliate WUNC-TV, Chapel Hill. He has scripted two hour-long environmental documentaries, one of which won a Silver Reel of Merit from the International Television Association in 1994. Two of his weekly radio essays have been broadcast on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered."

Gerard teaches in the BFA and MFA Programs of the Department of Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. An avid musician, Gerard incorporates bluegrass, folk, country and original compositions into his readings, playing six and 12-string guitar, dobro, banjo and pedal steel guitar.

For more information about the Writers' Forum, creative writing at St. Andrews or the St. Andrews College Press, call 910-277-5310 or email press@sapc.edu.

About St. Andrews

An innovative and bold academic venture, the distinctive character of St. Andrews has been marked by an interdisciplinary curriculum, a highly acclaimed college press, an award-winning pipe band, national champion equestrian teams, and first-rate scholarship. In addition to classes on the main campus, adult learners also choose the Center for Adult and Professional Studies opportunities through St. Andrews @ Sandhills and St. Andrews ONLINE.

On Aug. 29, 1958, the merger between Presbyterian Junior College and Flora Macdonald College became official with the formation of St. Andrews Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, N.C. Further information may be obtained by visiting the College's website www.sapc.edu, calling 800-763-0198 or sending an e-mail to info@sapc.edu.


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