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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.

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.

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