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The River Readings at Augustana

The River Readings at Augustana brings literary artists to campus each year from around the country. These writers of poetry, fiction, and literary nonfiction meet with students in class or other venues to discuss their work and careers, and present a free reading open to the public. A reception and book-signing is held after the reading. 

The River Readings series is sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs, the Institute for Leadership and Service, the Thomas Tredway Library and the English Department. For more information, contact Dr. Meg Gillette, 309-794-7384.

Jan. 25, 2017: John Holman (fiction)

7 p.m., Brunner Theatre Center, Black Box Theatre

Novelist, short-story writer and essayist John Holman teaches writing and directs the creative writing program at Georgia State University.

Holman has published in many magazines and journals including The New Yorker, Oxford American, Paste, and the Mississippi Review. He is a recipient of the prestigious Whiting Writers Award.

He received a B.A. in English from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, an M.A. in English from North Carolina Central University, and a Ph.D. in English and creative writing from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Holman has taught at several institutions, including North Carolina Central, St. Augustine’s College, and the University of South Florida. He currently teaches writing and directs the Creative Writing Program at Georgia State University.


April 4, 2017: Allison Seay (poetry)

7 p.m. in Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Memorial Building.

Allison Seay earned an master of fine arts in poetry from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2005.

She is the author of "To See the Queen," winner of the 2012 Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize in Poetry.

She has published poems in Harvard Review, Mississippi Review, Poetry, and other journals, and is the recipient of fellowships from the Ruth Lilly Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. She lives in Richmond, Va.

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