Nationally published poet to read at Creative Writing Festival
PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s department of humanities will host its annual Creative Writing Festival on Wednesday, April 30, in the Harry and Laura Nohr Gallery from 4:30-7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
The festival’s featured reader will be Erin Belieu, author of four award-winning poetry collections from Copper Canyon Press: “Infanta,” “One Above & One Below,” “Black Box” and the forthcoming “Slant Six,” to be released in September. Poems from “Slant Six” have already been featured in The New Yorker and Best American Poetry.
“The department of humanities’ annual Creative Writing Festival showcases the university’s vibrant creative culture,” said Dr. Kara Candito, assistant professor of creative writing and English literature at UW-Platteville. “Students and faculty alike will be inspired by the featured reader's energy, accomplishments and unique reading style.”
“This year, I'm especially thrilled to have my mentor and former graduate professor, poet Erin Belieu, as our featured reader,” said Candito. “It will be rewarding to host Erin and to thank her for the impact her dynamic teaching, mentorship and editorial insights have had on my development as a teacher and a writer."
Belieu teaches in the graduate writing program at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Fla., and is the co-editor of “The Extraordinary Tide” (Columbia University Press), the first, full-length, non-thematic anthology to feature contemporary American women poets ever published in the United States. In addition to her long list of accomplishments, she is the co-founder of VIDA: Women In Literary Arts and serves as artistic director for the Port Townsend Writers Conference in Washington state.
The Creative Writing Festival will also feature readings by the student winners of the 2014 Thomas Hickey Creative Writing Awards. “The Thomas Hickey Creative Writing Awards give our students a vital chance to share their talents with the university community,” said Candito.
Following the student winners’ readings, there will be an open mic for attendees who are interested in reading their creative work. Refreshments will also be served.