Award-winning author to read at writing festival

April 21, 2015
Jennine Capó Crucet

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s department of humanities will host its annual Creative Writing Festival on Tuesday, April 28, in the Harry and Laura Nohr Gallery from 4-6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

“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.”

The festival’s featured reader will be Cuban American novelist and short story writer Jennine Capó Crucet, who will read selections from her work. Capó Crucet is the author of “How to Leave Hialeah,” winner of the Iowa Short Fiction Award; and “Make Your Home Among Strangers” (St. Martin’s Press), forthcoming August 2015, and other works. Originally from Miami, Fla., Capó Crucet is currently an assistant professor of creative writing at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Fla.

“It will be an honor to host Jennine Capó Crucet, a writer whose work has been so fundamental to my students,” said Candito. “Exploring the interconnectedness of place, identity, culture and language, Capó Crucet’s fiction honors the complexities of lived experience with extraordinary wit and humor.”

The Creative Writing Festival will also feature readings by the student winners of the 2015 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 a question and answer period and book signing. Refreshments will be served.

As UW-Platteville pursues its vision of being recognized as the leading student-focused university for its success in achieving excellence, creating opportunities and empowering each individual, it is guided by four strategic planning priorities. The Creative Writing Festival aligns with three of the priorities, including providing an outstanding education, fostering a community of achievement and respect and enriching the tri-state region. 

Written by: Laurie Hamer, College of Liberal Arts and Education, 608-342-6191,


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