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Spring Writers’ Forum schedule brings variety

Laurinburg, N.C. – Poets, novelists, filmmakers and advocates make up the featured speakers list for the spring semester Writers’ Forum at St. Andrews University.

Free and open to the public, Forums begin at 8 p.m. each Thursday in Orange Main Lounge unless otherwise noted. The semester begins with the annual Brunnenburg night this Thursday.

Brunnenburg is our fall semester study abroad opportunity,” said Ted Wojtasik, faculty co-sponsor of the forum. “Students get to live, work and study at Schloss Brunnenburg with Mary de Rachewiltz, daughter of Ezra Pound. The students, along with this year’s faculty member Betsy Dendy, will share their experiences from the trip during this kickoff Forum event.”

Scotland County native Martha Gibson will be joined by fellow Psycho Poets Kara Dermo, Yadira Ramos and Jalieh Shepard for a reading on Jan. 26. The four women came together at Gibson’s request as part of her research for a dissertation to complete a doctoral degree in psychology at the University of West Georgia. They have read previously at Underground Books, Bella Café, and Cobb Hall on the University of West Georgia campus in Carrollton, Ga., and at Callanwolde Arts Center in Atlanta.

The first Open Mic opportunity, where interest writers can share their poetry, short fiction and songs, will take place on Feb. 2. Additional Open Mics are scheduled for Feb. 16, March 15 and April 19. Student host Morgan Clay will take sign ups for those interested in participating at each event.

Filmmaker, casting director, writer, photographer, professor and musician Lois Siegel will be the featured presenter on Feb. 9. Currently based in Ottawa, Siegel received the 1998 Arts Award in the category of Outstanding Artistic Achievement from the Gloucester Arts Board in Ontario. Her film, Stunt People, won a 1990 Genie Award for Best Short Documentary from the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television.

The 2012 Sam Ragan Fine Arts Award winner Philip Gerard and 2012 Ethel Fortner Writer and Community Award winner Libba Evans will be featured during the Feb. 23 event.

A man of many talents, Gerard has published fiction and nonfiction in numerous magazines including the New England Review and Hayden’s Ferry Review. A professor in the BFA and MFA Programs of the Department of Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, Gerard does a series of monthly narratives for Our State magazine as well as radio essays for National Public Radio.

Evans is the former Secretary of North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. Named by Gov. Easley in 2001, she opened the new Museum of Albemarle in Elizabeth City and oversaw the $40 million expansion by the Museum of Art. She focused increased access to the arts through technology by digitization of archives and artifacts for online retrieval and study. She also launched the informational www.ncCulture.com podcasts.

Visiting instructor in English and creative writing at St. Andrews Ted Wojtasik will be the featured reader on March 1. With two novels to his credit, No Strange Fire and Collage, Wojtasik has also seen several of his short stories published in publications including Cairn 45:The St. Andrews Review.

Poet, writer and teacher Scott Owens will be featured on March 22. Currently residing in Hickory, Owens’ published collections include The Fractured World, Book of Days, Deceptively Like a Sound, and The Persistence of Faith. He is also a member of the Poetry Council of North Carolina and the manager of the Sam Ragan Poetry Competition.

A special Writers’ Forum event will take place on March 29 when the Forum will move to the Storytelling Arts Center of the Southeast for The Art of Storytelling.

On April 12 the Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poets Series reading will take place in DeTamble Library. Caitlin Johnson, Beebe Barksdale-Bruner and Susan Seawolf Hayes will join distinguished Poet Ann Deagon for this reading. Deagon’s poetry collections include Carbon 14, Poetics South, There Is No Balm in Birmingham and The Polo Poems as well as several chapbooks. Her fiction includes short stories Habitats and the novel The Diver’s Tomb. Her plays have received reader’s theatre production at various colleges and theatre conferences. Her awards include a creative writing fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more information about the Writers’ Forum, creative writing at St. Andrews or the St. Andrews Press, call 910-277-5310 or email press@sapc.edu.

About St. Andrews University

St. Andrews is a student and teaching-focused University which offers a broad range of undergraduate majors in a curriculum that is global in scope and practical in its application. The quality of the St. Andrews educational experience has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and GI Jobs among others. In addition to its academic programs, the University has an acclaimed university press, men’s and women’s athletic teams, a nationally competitive equestrian program, and an award-winning pipe band. St. Andrews is a branch of Webber International University, Florida. Further information may be obtained by visiting the University’s website www.sapc.edu, calling 800-763-0198, or sending an e-mail to info@sapc.edu.


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