September 1, 2016 at 6:45 pm

Writers Harvest | Local Authors & Food Drive, Sept. 22

Ohio University’s Creative Writing program hosts four writers with ties to the Athens community at the upcoming “Writers Harvest” reading.

writers-harvest-poster-2016The annual event, which benefits hunger relief efforts, takes place Thursday, Sept. 22, at 7:30 p.m. in the Walter Hall Rotunda.

This year’s lineup includes fiction writer Gwen Kirby; Dinty W. Moore, who specializes in nonfiction; and poets Kathryn Nuernberger and David Sanders. A reception in the lobby follows.

Hosted by the Creative Writing program in the English Department, the benefit is part of the nation’s largest reading series devoted to helping fight hunger. The goal for this year’s event is to raise $1,000 for Hocking Athens Perry Community Action and the local food bank, the Southeastern Ohio Food Bank’s Second Harvest.

Gwen E. Kirbygwen-kirby-2016

A San Diego native and graduate of Carleton College, Kirby holds an MFA in fiction from Johns Hopkins University and currently is pursuing her Ph.D. in Creative Writing at the University of Cincinnati. Her stories have appeared (or are forthcoming) in Southwest Review, Ninth Letter, Mississippi Review, and Midwestern Gothic. The winner of Carleton College’s Huntington Poetry Prize, she also received a Pushcart nomination in 2012. Her story, “We Handle It,” appears in New Ohio Review 20, debuting September 22.


Dinty W. Moore

Dinty W. Moore

Dinty W. Moore

Moore is the author of Dear Mister Essay Writer Guy: Advice and Confessions on Writing, Love, and Cannibals, the memoir Between Panic & Desire, and many other books. Winner of the Grub Street Nonfiction Book Prize, Moore has published essays and stories in The Southern Review, The Georgia Review, Harper’s, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, Arts & Letters, and The Normal School, among other venues. Director of Ohio University’s Creative Writing program, he edits Brevity, an online journal of flash nonfiction. His newest book, The Story Cure, will be released in May 2017 by Random House/Ten Speed.


Kathryn Nuernbergerkathryn-nuernberger-2016

Nuernberger received her Ph.D. in Creative Writing at Ohio University. She is the author of two poetry collections, The End of Pink, which won the James Laughlin Prize from the Academy of American Poets, and Rag & Bone, which won the Elixer Press Antivenom Prize. Her work appears in 32 Poems, Crazyhorse, Field, Prairie Schooner, West Branch, and elsewhere. Nuernberger is an Associate Professor at the University of Central Missouri, where she also serves as the director of Pleiades Press. Her collection of lyric essays, Brief Interviews with the Romantic Past, is due out in 2017.


David Sandersdavid-sanders-2016

Sanders is the author of the newly released Compass and Clock, a collection of poems written over a 30-year period. The founding editor of Poetry News in Review, Sanders has served as the director of Ohio University Press/Swallow Press, as well as Purdue University Press and the University of Arkansas Press. His poems and translations have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, and his work has been compiled into two limited-edition collections–Nearer to Town and Time in Transit. Sanders received his MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Arkansas. Read an introduction of Sanders and his work.


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