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Opportunities abound for Augustana English majors to hear writers read from their work. SAGA, the campus literary magazine, hosts guests readings, student readings, and poetry slams. Augustana's annual River Readings series brings a steady flow of acclaimed writers to campus to read from their work.

Since 2007, Augustana has hosted a yearly series of literary readings, bringing to campus a selection of poets, fiction writers, and non-fiction writers to read from their work. Prior to each reading, students have the chance to meet with these writers in class or during fireside chats to discuss their work, craft, and careers. At the end of each visit, the writer gives an evening reading (free to the public) and afterwards gathers with students and faculty for a reception and book signing.

River Readings 2015-16 schedule

All readings begin at 7 p.m. in 7 p.m., Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Memorial Building.

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Oct. 1, 2015: Charles Hughes

Charles Hughes earned a B.A. from Augustana College and J.D. from Northwestern. He practiced law for 34 years, all the while publishing poems in "America," the "Anglican Theological Review," "Dappled Things, First Things," the "Iron Horse Review", "Measure," "The Rotary Dial," "Sewanee Theological Review," "Verse Wisconsin" and elsewhere.

Now retired, Hughes' his first book of poems, "Cave Art," has just been published by Wiseblood Books. He lives with his wife in the Chicago area.


Jan. 14, 2016: Eula Biss

Eula Biss is the author of three books: "On Immunity: An Inoculation," "Notes from No Man's Land: American Essays," and "The Balloonists."

Her work has been supported by a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Howard Foundation Fellowship, an NEA Literature Fellowship, and a Jaffe Writers' Award. She holds a B.A. in nonfiction writing from Hampshire College and a MFA in nonfiction writing from the University of Iowa.

Her essays have recently appeared in "The Best American Nonrequired Reading" and the "Touchstone Anthology of Contemporary Nonfiction," as well as in "The Believer," "Gulf Coast," "Denver Quarterly," "Third Coast" and "Harper's."


April 7, 2016: Heather Slomski

Heather A. Slomski is the author of "The Lovers Set Down Their Spoons" winner of the 2014 Iowa Short Fiction Award and published by the University of Iowa Press.

She received her MFA from Western Michigan University and held the Axton Fellowship in Fiction at the University of Louisville. Her stories have appeared in "TriQuarterly, "American Letters & Commentary," "Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art," "The Normal School" and elsewhere.

A recipient of a 2013 Minnesota State Artist Initiative Grant and a 2013 Minnesota Emerging Writers' Grant, she currently lives in Minnesota with her husband and son and teaches writing at Concordia College.

Videos from previous seasons:


TaraShea Nesbit, historical fiction

Dan Rosenberg, poetry

Andy Stallings, poetry

Jessica Lamb-Shapiro, non-fiction

Todd Davis, poetry


Rebecca Lindenberg, poetry

Kelly Daniels, memoir

Rachel Hartman, fiction


Dan Rosenberg, poetry

Eduardo Corral, poetry

Carl Phillips, poetry

Peter Geye, fiction

Donald Ray Pollock, fiction