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URI English Department announces schedule for Read/Write reading, Faculty Colloquium series

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KINGSTON, R.I. -- January 19, 2005 -- The University of Rhode Islandís English Department will continue its READ/WRITE Reading Series and Faculty Colloquium Series throughout the remaining winter months and into spring. Both series are free and open to the public.

The READ/WRITE Reading Series features poets, fiction and nonfiction writers from URI and beyond. In addition to showcasing literary talent among the university's instructors, the series also brings emerging and established writers to campus, thereby enriching the creative resources available to students and the community at large.

All events are scheduled for Tuesday or Thursday afternoons at 4 in the Hoffmann Room, Independence Hall, Upper College Road, Kingston Campus. For more information, call 874-4678.

Timothy Watt and Bob Leuci will open the series by reading from their nonfiction on Tuesday, Jan. 25. Watt is the author of Portage, the first step in an ongoing autobiographical work. His short fiction has appeared in The Mississippi Review and 3rd Bed.

Leuci was a New York City police detective for 20 years, working in the areas of organized crime and narcotics, before he began writing and lecturing. The book and then the film, Prince Of The City, depicted part of his police career. He is the author of six novels, one memoir, a number of short stories, a television play for the Arts and Entertainment Channel, and a radio play for German radio. He has also adapted several of his novels into screenplays.

The schedule for the rest of the READ/WRITE series includes:

Feb. 8-Poetry: Timothy Donnelly, Kevin Prufer, and Christina Pugh
March 8-Fiction: Gillian Kiley and Amity Gaige
March TBA-Fiction: Mary Angel Blount and Jess Gianfraco
April 12-Poetry: Sam White and Craig Morgan Teicher

The schedule for the Faculty Colloquium Series, which features the creative and scholarly work of full-time English faculty at URI follows:

Feb. 10: Gitahi Gititi, "Wildernesses to Cross: Migrations of the
(Black) Soul." (poetry and fiction)
March 3: Matt Frankel, "A New Vitality" (scholarship)
March 10: Carolyn Betensky, "Is Liberal Guilt Guilt?" (scholarship)
April 7: Dan Pearlman, "The Best-Known Man in the World" (fiction)
April 14: Katherine Scheil, "Women and Reading Groups of Shakespeare" (scholarship)
April 21: Stephanie Dunson, "Nineteenth-Century Sheet Music and Blackface Minstrelsy" (scholarship)