CONTACT: Scotty Lewis, (501) 627-5615, slewis17@uca.edu

By Scotty Lewis
UCA Department of Writing


Conway – In their first group appearance, the inaugural members of UCA’s new Arkansas Writers MFA Workshop, an MFA program in creative writing, will read from their works at 7 p.m., Thursday, December 6, at the Faulkner County Library.

This tight-knit group comprised of four poets (Stacey Margaret Jones, Lynne Landis, John Mitchel, and Scotty Lewis), a creative nonfiction specialist (Jobe), and a novel and short-story writer (Louie Land) have been working hard to hone their skills. Under the direction of Professor Mark Spitzer, the group has already published limited edition broadsides and formed the writing collective Interrobang the Ampersand to work on chapbooks for the upcoming AWP Conference in Boston. As the editorial staff of the award-winning Toad Suck Review, their interview of Beat poet Ed Sanders will appear in the upcoming 3D issue, to be published in January 2013.

Arkansas Professor of the Year Dr. Stephanie Vanderslice, advisor and mentor to these burgeoning literary voices, says, “UCA worked for years toward building the Arkansas Writers MFA Workshop and we are thrilled to witness their reading debut. They are a very special group of writers.”

John Mitchel, indefatigable founder of Three Bottles Press and the underground journal Angel on the Freeway: A Magazine of the Arts, says, “These Arkansas writers represent a broad range of backgrounds and styles. The harmony of different aesthetics and different agendas will make for an excellent night for the arts and a memorable reading.”

As Jobe, the charming and energetic optimist of the bunch puts it, “These are very exciting times to be at the start of something big. These six names are ones to watch. There is an incredible level of talent, dedication, and excellence represented in this program.”

This event is free and open to the public. For more information about the poets and writers visit the Arkansas Writers Workshop blog at AraknsasWriters.wordpress.com. The Faulkner County Library is located at 1900 Tyler Street. For information about the reading contact Scotty Lewis at (501) 627-5615 or slewis17@uca.edu.

Look for artist statements from each writer in the near future. We look forward to seeing you at the reading!

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