Free literary readings in August at WCSU

WCSU M.F.A. program to present distinguished author readings Acclaimed writers, M.F.A. alumni and faculty to read from their works Aug. 2-6

Housatonic Book Award winners Ann Jacobus and Brandon Brown will join faculty and recent alumni of the Master of Fine Arts in Creative and Professional Writing program at Western Connecticut State University in a weeklong program of author readings during the M.F.A. summer residency session in August.

The readings will offer the Danbury area community an opportunity to hear selections from the written works of nationally renowned authors as well as emerging young writers from Connecticut. Launched in 2005, the M.F.A. program at Western enables participants from across the nation to pursue master's degree studies in a diverse range of creative and professional writing genres through both distance learning and on-campus residencies.

All readings will be in the President's Reception Room, located in room 218 of the Classroom Building on the university's Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. Admission will be free and the public is invited. Readings will begin at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

Following is the program schedule:

*       Wednesday, Aug. 2: Ann Jacobus, winner of the Housatonic Book Award for her young adult novel, "Romancing the Dark in the City of Light," will read from her works; a question-and-answer session and book signing will follow the reading.

*       Thursday, Aug. 3: At 1 p.m., Brandon Brown will lecture on "Feast and Famine in Nonfiction Research" and discuss his book, "Planck: Driven by Vision, Broken by War," winner of the Housatonic Book Award. At 7:30 p.m., M.F.A. alumni Nick Manzolillo, of Foster, Rhode Island, and David Hayes, of Bristol, will read from their recently finished manuscripts.

*       Friday, Aug. 4: M.F.A. alumna Beth Turley, of Waterford, recently signed by Simon and Schuster, will read from her work. She will be joined by M.F.A. alumni Robin MacFadden, of Ridgefield, and Charlotte Dabrowski, of Durham, who also will read from their recently finished manuscripts.

*       Saturday, Aug. 5: M.F.A. faculty mentor Karen Romano Young, who has received awards for her works targeted for readers in the middle grades, will present a reading. She will be joined by M.F.A. alumna Steph Myers, of Brookfield, who will read from her new manuscript.

*       Sunday, Aug. 6: Newly appointed M.F.A. Coordinator Anthony D'Aries will read from his work.

For more information, visit the M.F.A. program website at www.wcsu.edu/writing/mfa or call the M.F.A. office at (203) 837-8878.


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