WCSU’s MFA writing program to host readings

Jordan A. Sprogis

The winners of the 2011 Housatonic Book Awards in Poetry and Fiction will read their work with other writers in Danbury during the first week of January at the Ethan Allen Hotel on Lake Avenue, Extension.

Writers and readers include – but are not limited to – Matthea Harvey who will read from her poetry collection “If Tabloids are True What Are You?” at 7 p.m. on Jan. 4 and John Katzenbach will read excerpts from his award-winning novel “Red 1-2-3” at 7 p.m. on Jan. 5. 517-bSV4gWL._SX332_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg

The reading will also start with members of the WCSU MFA residency, such as Z. Z. Boone and Don Snyder at 7 p.m. on Jan. 3 in room 218 at the Westside Classroom.

Boone will read from his collection of short stories “Off Somewhere” and Snyder will read from his novels and memoirs, such as “Fallen Angel” and “The Cliff Walk.”

MFA coordinator Brian Clements will also read from his recent poetry collection “A Book of Common Rituals”, in room 218 at 7 p.m. on Jan. 6. Joining him will be Melissa Gordon, a fellow poet, who will read from her recent manuscript, “Fifth Force.”

The MFA in Creative and Professional Writing is a low-residency program designed to provide writers-in-training with hands-on learning experiences and training across a wide variety of genres and fields so that they are well prepared for careers as professional writers.

The Housatonic Book Awards are sponsored by the MFA in Creative and Professional Writing program at Western Connecticut State University. The awards honor excellent work by contemporary authors who serve as role models for professional writing students.

The readings are free and open to the public.

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