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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.

2016-17 schedule

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

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Oct. 4, 2016: Brian Turner (poetry, non-fiction)

Turner earned an MFA from the University of Oregon before serving for seven years in the US Army. He directs the MFA program at Sierra Nevada College and serves as a contributing editor at The Normal School. His poetry and essays have been published in The New York Times, National Geographic, Poetry Daily, The Georgia Review, Virginia Quarterly Review and other journals. He received a USA Hillcrest Fellowship in Literature, an NEA Literature Fellowship in Poetry, the Amy Lowell Traveling Fellowship, a US-Japan Friendship Commission Fellowship, the Poets’ Prize, and a Fellowship from the Lannan Foundation. His work has appeared on National Public Radio, the BBC, Newshour with Jim Lehrer, Here and Now, and on Weekend America, among others.



Jan. 25, 2017: John Holman (fiction)

John Holman is a novelist, short story writer, and essayist who is a long-time teacher at Georgia State University in Atlanta. Holman has published stories 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, his M.A. in English from North Carolina Central University, and his PhD in English and creative writing from the University of Southern Mississippi. Holman 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 there at Georgia State University.



April 17, 2017: Allison Seay (poetry)

Allison Seay earned a BA in English at Mary Washington College (now University of Mary Washington) in Fredericksburg, Virginia, in 2002 and an MFA in poetry from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2005. Her honors include publication in such journals as Crazyhorse, the Southern Review, Meridian, Arts and Academe, and Pleiades. She worked for several years at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, as Assistant Director of the MFA Program and Associate Editor of the The Greensboro Review. She has taught at both Lynchburg College and the University of Mary Washington and lives near Richmond, Virginia.

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