|UND poet kicks off Writers Conference 101|
For University of North Dakota English (UND) professor Heidi Czerwiec, poetry, like all good literature, opens windows into alternate and often astonishing views of reality.
She conveyed that sense of poetic wonder to a gathering of devotees Sunday at the UND Bookstore to launch Writers Conference 101. That’s the set-up stage for the 40th UND Writers Conference, set for March 31—April 4, said Czerwiec, a published poet, assistant professor in the UND department of English, and director of the Writers Conference.
The 101 segment comprises book discussions held in the weeks preceding the Writers Conference, said Kathleen Coudle King, senior lecturer in English and Women Studies administrative coordinator of the conference, and originator of Writers Conf. 101. Each 101 session begins with a brief overview of the author, followed by questions and discussion of the book. Join in even if you haven’t read the book!
Writers Conference 101 Schedule:
Sundays, 2 p.m., UND Bookstore
Feb. 8 – Charles Baxter: Saul & Patsy; moderator Brian Maxwell, graduate student, English
Feb. 22 – Steve Almond: Candy Freak; moderator Evan Nelson, graduate student, English
Mar. 1 – Karen Russell: St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves
Mar. 8 – Greg Williamson: Errors in the Script; moderator Nancy Devine, teacher and poet, Grand Forks Central High School
Mar. 22 – Chuck Klosterman: Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs; moderator, Michael Beard, professor, English
Mar. 29 – Marco Candida: Handouts distributed at discussion; moderator, Elizabeth Harris-Behling, assistant professor, English
Mondays, noon to 1 p.m., Christus Rex Lutheran Campus Center
Jan. 26 – Jacqueline Osherow: The Hoopoe's Crown; moderator Heidi Czerwiec
Feb. 9 – Charles Baxter: Saul & Patsy; moderator Brian Maxwell, graduate student, English
Feb. 23 – Steve Almond: Candy Freak; moderator Evan Nelson, graduate student, English
Mar. 2 – Karen Russell: St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves; moderator Shane Winterhalter, director, Writing Center
Mar. 9 – Greg Williamson: Errors in the Script; moderator Heidi Czerwiec
Mar. 23 – Chuck Klosterman : Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs; moderator, Michael Beard, professor, English
Mar. 30 – Marco Candida : Handouts distributed at discussion
Kathy Coudle King, senior lecturer, English and Women Studies, and administrative coordinator, Writers Conference (701) 777-2787 email@example.com
Heidi Czerwiec, assistant professor, English; director, Writers Conference, 777-2768 firstname.lastname@example.org