The Blugold Visiting Writer Series will present an alumni reading from 6-7:30 p.m. Sept. 25 in the Hibbard Penthouse of Hibbard Hall at UW-Eau Claire. A reception will follow.
The event will feature readings by Darci Schummer (Class of 2003), Jillian M. Phillips (Class of 2011) and Alan Grostephan (Class of 2001).
Schummer, a self-proclaimed scribe of sad stories, writes character-driven fiction focused on the connection and disconnection in human relationships and all the joy, anxiety and loneliness that result from those states. She recently finished a collection of short stories, "Six Months in the Midwest," and is currently at work on a novel-in-stories project titled "The Ballad of Two Sisters."
Phillips, a master of fine arts candidate at the University of Nebraska, has recently published a collection of poems titled "Pretty the Ugly." Her poems examine the places within oneself that are not always beautiful. From personal identity to sexuality to womanhood, she explores the ways in which anger, confusion and even wonder can become art.
Grostephan has received high praise for his novel, "Bogotá," set in present-day Colombia. After being uprooted from their small town and moving in with relatives in a slum in Bogotá, a family tries desperately to achieve the smallest measure of comfort and hope in a world of almost total ruin, wracked by deprivation, fear and ceaseless violence. Grostephan holds a master of fine arts degree from the University of California, Irvine, and currently teaches creative writing and literature at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill.
The alumni reading is hosted by the UW-Eau Claire English Department and English Fest with the generous support of the UW-Eau Claire Academic Affairs Professional Development Program, the Morris Fund of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation, the UW-Eau Claire College of Arts and Sciences and the English department.
For more information, contact Dr. Erica Benson, associate professor of English, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 715-836-2431.