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URI’s Department of English announces fall Read/Write Series

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KINGSTON, R.I. -- September 12, 2005 -- The University of Rhode Island’s English Department announces this fall’s Read/Write Reading Series, showcasing the work of outstanding new writers of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. All readings will take place in the “new” Hoffmann Room, 1st Floor, Surge Building, 210 Flagg Road, Kingston Campus. The programs are free and open to the public.

Here’s the schedule of events:

Thursday, September 22, 4 p.m.
FICTION: Julie Rold and Daphne Kalotay
• Julie Rold’s first story was published in the inaugural edition of the Scribner’s Best Young Voices collection. Since then, her work has appeared in The Missouri Review, The Boston Book Review, and Alexandria. Her plays have been produced at The Boston Center for the Arts and the Northeast Theatre of Pennsylvania. A native of Kentucky, she currently is an associate professor of liberal arts at Berklee College of Music.

• Daphne Kalotay’s short stories have appeared in Virginia Quarterly Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Missouri Review, Good Housekeeping, among others. Her book, Calamity and Other Stories, was a Boston Herald “editor’s choice” and profiled in Poets & Writers Magazine as one of five “notable books” of the year. Born in New Jersey, she was educated at Vassar and Boston University where she now teaches literature and writing.

Thursday, October 13, 4 p.m.
POETRY: Tina Chang and Peter Covino
Tina Chang is the author of Half-Lit Houses. Her poems have appeared in such publications as American Poet, Indiana Review, and The Missouri Review and have been anthologized in Identity Lessons Poetry Nation, Asian American Literature, Asian American Poetry: The Next Generation and the forthcoming Poets 30: Poets in Their Thirties. She teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and Hunter College.

Peter Covino, born in Italy, is currently a Steffensen Cannon Fellow in the Ph.D. Program in English/Creative Writing at the University of Utah. Covino’s collection of poems, Cut off the Ears of Winter, has just been published. The book has been described as “restless, worldly, intelligent, and beautiful…an utterly original first work.” He is also the author of Straight Boyfriend, winner of the 2001 Frank O'Hara Chapbook Prize. His poems have appeared in Colorado Review, Columbia, The Journal, The Paris Review, among others. He is a founding editor of the award-winning poetry journal, Barrow Street and Barrow Street Press.

Thursday, October 27, 4 p.m.
POETRY AND NONFICTION
Christopher Arigo and Jacqueline Lyons
Christopher Arigo’s first poetry collection Lit interim won the 2001-2002 Transcontinental Poetry Prize. His poetry and poetry reviews have appeared in numerous journals, including Five Fingers Review, Colorado Review, and Pleiades. His second collection, In the archives, has been a finalist for numerous nationally recognized prizes. Currently a Schaeffer Poetry Fellow at the University of Nevada---Las Vegas, Arigo teaches introductory poetry writing and is the managing editor of the literary magazine Interim.

Jacqueline Lyon’s book of poetry, The Way They Say Yes Here, was published in 2004. Her poetry and essays have appeared in Barrow Street, Florida Review, Interim, Quarter After Eight, and others. Her essay “too nice” was cited as a “notable essay” in Best American Essays 2004. She teaches literature and writing at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Thursday, November 17, 4 p.m.
FICTION AND NONFICTION
Kathryn Kulpa and Steven Church
Kathryn Kulpa is the author of Pleasant Drugs, a prize-winning short fiction collection. Born in Rhode Island, she has spent most of her life in small towns in her home state and in nearby Massachusetts. A lifelong writer, her first professionally published story appeared in Seventeen in 1994, and she has published work in a variety of magazines and journals over the last decade. Kathryn is a librarian and from time to time leads fiction workshops for teens and adults. She has served as an editor for Merlyn’s Pen, a magazine of teen writing and is currently associate fiction editor of 4x4/The Newport Review, a small literary journal of poetry and flash fiction.

Steven Church’s essays and stories have been published in The Ruminator, Powells.com, Fourth Genre, Post Road, Salt Hill, Quarterly West, and others. His first book, The Guinness Book of Me: a Memoir of Record, was released this year by Simon & Schuster. He serves as a contributing editor for the Colorado Review and teaches writing at Roger Williams University. His next project will tackle the personal, historical, and cultural legacy of the post-apocalyptic made-for-TV drama, The Day After, which was filmed in his hometown of Lawrence Kansas.