This Week in Literary Arts – South Bend!

April 15, 2011 — Leave a comment

It’s a terrific week for literature in South Bend, Indiana. St. Mary’s College is celebrating National Library Week and had a full a week of readings by students, by their amazing professor Frances Hwang, and even by me. I gave a reading there on Wednesday, up on the top floor of the library, overlooking several floors of books and with a picture window view of the bell tower.

A few of my students, and rows and rows of St. Mary’s students were there. I read a story about Mermaid wishes. Someone asked me why I write. I stumbled my way through an answer. Something about life and its amorphous chaos, something about wanting to give shape via language. Mostly I said how cool an answer to that question could be if one could articulate it. When I left, the librarian Bob Hall gave me a potted hyacinth.

On Tuesday I visited Steve Tomasula’s class at Notre Dame, and we talked at Legends sports bar over chicken quesadillas about carving out a life of writing via academia – ph.d. programs, teaching jobs, etc. The students asked great questions and gave me ideas for future posts, things people might want to read about on a blog called phdincreativewriting.

Thanks to all of my wonderful hosts – especially Frances Hwang and Steve Tomasula – this week!

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There’s even more great literarity this weekend in South Bend:

Friday 4/15:
24-hour Poetry Marathon at South Bend’s Art Post! Many IUSB writers will be reading. Check the schedule here.

Saturday 4/16:
IUSB English Department’s Student Writing Awards featuring novelist Joyce Hinnefeld
Release of the 2011 ANALECTA!
4:00-4:45 Q&A with Joyce Hinnefeld in Wiekamp Hall, Room 3001
7:00 p.m. Awards & Reading in Wiekamp Hall 1001
8:30 p.m. Reception & Book Signing, Wiekamp Hall 3001

All events are free and open to the public

Sunday 4/17:
2:30 p.m. Analecta Reading @ Fiddler’s Hearth

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