Two nationally published authors to be featured at Department of Humanities visiting writers reading on Oct. 9

September 23, 2013

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — Two nationally published authors will read for the University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s Humanities Department Visiting Writers Reading Series on Oct. 9 in the Harry and Laura Nohr Art Gallery, Ullsvik Hall, from 5-6:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend this free event. The Humanities Department Visiting Writers Reading Series features three reading events each semester. 

Featured authors at the Oct. 9 reading include Jennifer Perrine and Karla Huston, who will do selected readings of their published works, which include prose and poetry.

“The Visiting Writers Reading Series exposes the members of our campus community to the diverse and vital world of contemporary literature,” said Dr. Kara Candito, assistant professor of creative writing at UW-Platteville and recipient of the 2013 Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize. “These readings are especially important to our creative writing students because they provide them with professional models for reading, publishing and promoting their own work.”

“UW-Platteville students and faculty alike will benefit from each writer's celebration of empathy and imagination, which are fundamental human conditions best explored by literature and the arts,” continued Candito. “Since we began the series in fall 2011, we have noticed that our students' public speaking and reading skills have improved because they’ve listened to and have been inspired by contemporary poets and fiction writers from a variety of backgrounds.”

Perrine's first collection of poems, “The Body is No Machine,” won the 2008 Devil's Kitchen Reading Award in Poetry. Her second book, “In the Human Zoo” (University of Utah Press), received the 2010 Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize. In 2014, she will serve as a member of the U.S. Arts and Culture Delegation to Cuba. Perrine teaches in the English department and directs the women's and gender studies program at Drake University.

Huston is the author of “A Theory of Lipstick” (Main Street Rag, 2013) as well as six chapbooks of poetry. Her poems, reviews and interviews have been widely published, including in the 2012 Pushcart Best of the Small Presses anthology. She has also published a collaborative chapbook of poems, written with Cathryn Cofell with Sunnyoutside in 2012. A new chapbook of her poems will be published by Dancing Girl Press in late 2013.

“Reading my poetry to undergraduate students is important because it allows them to connect a face and voice to the poems, which enhances their understanding,” said Huston. “Hearing authors read their own work adds nuance and unexpected emphasis and inflection. Later, when students read the poems again, that voice still resonates and rings in their ears.”

The Department of Humanities visiting writers readings and other creative writing readings during the past year have been made possible, in part, by donations from an anonymous patron of the arts.

“We are thankful for this support,” said Dr. Terry Burns, chair of UW-Platteville's Department of Humanities. “Without it, we likely would not be able to bring such nationally recognized writers to Platteville. Having readings and other events involving writers of this caliber helps enrich the tri-states region. Thriving arts communities are often found where people seem to least expect it.”

Following the reading, there will be a question and answer period, refreshments and a book signing.

Contact: Kara Candito, Department of Humanities, (608) 342-6154,

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


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