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Essayist Ann Pancake to read at APSU Visiting Writers Series, April 12th

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – Author and essayist Ann Pancake, a native West Virginian with a bit of a wanderlust,  has traveled the world in search of a story.

After graduating from West Virginia University, Pancake earned an M.A. in English from the University of North Carolina before teaching English in, among other places, American Samoa, Japan and Thailand. Even now, Pancake lives in Seattle, teaching in the low-residency MFA program at Pacific Lutheran University.

Author and essayist Ann Pancake

Author and essayist Ann Pancake

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APSU Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts Alumni Reading Event set for February 16th

 

APSU Center of Excellence for the Creative ArtsClarksville, TN – The APSU Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts presents an alumni reading and screening featuring Raven Jackson, Chip Boles and Anthony Sims Jr. at 4:00pm, Tuesday, February 16th in the Trahern Gallery on the campus of Austin Peay State University.

After finishing his English degree at APSU in 1999, Anthony Sims went on to earn an MFA from Ohio University. His feature screenplay, “Behemoth,” was optioned by Lucy Darwin (“Match Point,” “Lost in La Mancha”) in 2006.

Austin Peay State University's Trahern Building. (APSU)

Austin Peay State University’s Trahern Building. (APSU)

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Austin Peay State University’s Visiting Writer Series to feature Harrison Scott Key

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – “The South is a strange place, one that can’t be fit inside a movie, a place that dares you to simplify it, like a prime number, like a bible story … like my father.”

Born in Memphis, TN and raised in Mississippi, Harrison Scott Key knows a thing or two about life in the South – and the unique people that call it home.

Much like the South, Key’s father was also one-of-a-kind. The author, comedian and university professor’s new book, titled “The World’s Largest Man: A Memoir” tells the story of a bookish boy, sharing a house with a father who often seemed at odds with the society his son embraced.

Harrison Scott Key

Harrison Scott Key

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Zone 3 Press set to release “Museum of Distance,” a debut collection from Ashley Seitz Kramer

 

Zone 3 PressClarksville, TN – Zone 3 Press is proud to announce “Museum of Distance,” the first collection of works from poet Ashley Seitz Kramer.

The winner of the 2014 Zone 3 Press First Book Award, Kramer’s work is wide in scope. Linking images and observations, “Museum of Distance” offers a new view on daily reality.

Ashley Seitz Kramer collection of work "Museum of Distance" to be released through Zone 3 Press.

Ashley Seitz Kramer collection of work “Museum of Distance” to be released through Zone 3 Press.

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Austin Peay State University to host 20th annual Bread and Words reading Monday, November 24th

 

APSU Center of Excellence for the Creative ArtsClarksville, TN – Thanksgiving is a time to be grateful for life’s blessings, and the Austin Peay State University Department of Languages and Literature hosts an annual reading to benefit those less fortunate in the community the best way it knows how: through the written word.

The tradition continues with the 20th Annual Bread and Words reading on November 24th in the APSU Morgan University Center Ballroom. «Read the rest of this article»

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APSU to have Best-selling author Kevin Wilson read November 4th

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – In the worlds Kevin Wilson creates, companies supply human replacements for dead or sick family members and recent college graduates dig tunnels to the center of the earth.

The New York Times best-selling author infuses his work with these bizarre, often magical elements, prompting the Kirkus Review to call him a writer of “weird and wonderful stories” with “a bent sense of humor.”

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Austin Peay State University to have Author Kate Schmitt to read from “beautiful and heartbreaking” memoir on October 23rd

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – Kate Schmitt’s grandmother was in her 30s when she committed suicide. The tragic event took place long before Schmitt was born, but the death has haunted her throughout her life.

After years of struggling with this unwanted legacy, Schmitt, a skilled poet, decided to face these demons by writing a memoir addressed to her late grandmother.

The resulting work, “Singing Bones,” won the 2013 Zone 3 Press Creative Nonfiction Award. «Read the rest of this article»

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APSU’s Zone 3 Press publishes Book that wins PEN New England Award

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – Earlier this year, the famed American poet Richard Blanco became a fan of a young poet named Karen Skofield. After reading her debut collection, “Frost in the Low Areas,” he admitted to falling “in love with poetry all over again.”

“She understands that poetry does not exist independently; it is pulled out of all we see, without pretense or artifice, and not in the obvious and expected ways either,” he said.

Karen Skofield's book, “Frost in the Low Areas,”  recipient of this year’s PEN New England Award.

Karen Skofield’s book, “Frost in the Low Areas,” recipient of this year’s PEN New England Award.

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Booker Prize-winning novelist Margaret Atwood to read at Austin Peay State University on April 11th

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – There are books that people simply enjoy, and then there are books that cause a deep, visceral reaction in readers. Canadian author Margaret Atwood’s 1985 dystopian novel, “The Handmaid’s Tale,” belongs in the latter category.

The novel, about the repression of women in a future society, connected so strongly with its audience that, almost 30 years later, it remains an international bestseller and a major influence on people’s lives.

Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood

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APSU to have Two award-winning poets read on Thursday, February 6th

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – A few years ago, the award-winning poet Toi Derricotte read a collection of poems by Austin Peay State University alumnus Jeff Hardin, and she was immediately struck by the simple power and beauty of his words.

“Jeff Hardin is extremely sophisticated, mature and knows exactly what he is doing,” she said. «Read the rest of this article»

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