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UT MFA Announces Lectores Series in June

Published: May 30, 2012

The University of Tampa MFA in Creative Writing Lectores public readings series will feature prominent authors and editors Nick Flynn, Jill Bialosky, Keith Gessen and many others in June.

The Lectores public readings series includes eight events from June 14-22, coinciding with the in-residence class of the MFA in Creative Writing program at UT. The UT MFA is a low-residency program that biannually brings writers from around the world to Tampa.

Other visiting writers and editors presenting in the series include Maile Chapman, Brock Clark, Mikhail Iossel, Tibor Fischer, Josip Novakovich, Arthur Flowers and Porochista Khakpour. Area writers reading include Erica Dawson, Peter Meinke, Donald Morrill and Jeff Parker.

The events are free and open to the public. All begin at 7 p.m. in their respective venues.

  • Thursday, June 14 – Novelists Maile Chapman and Brock Clark. Held in the Reeves Theater in the Vaughn Center on the UT campus.
  • Friday, June 15 – MFA Opening Reading with poet, memoirist, playwright and best-selling author Nick Flynn. Held in the Falk Theatre on the UT campus.
  • Saturday, June 16 – “As Publishing Perishes” with Jill Bialosky, executive editor of W.W. Norton, and Keith Gessen, editor of n+1 and Vanity Fair. Reeves Theater.
  • Sunday, June 17 – Jill Bialosky and fiction writer Mikhail Iossel. Held in St. Petersburg Beach, venue TBD.
  • Monday, June 18 – British novelist Tibor Fischer and novelist, editor, translator and journalist Keith Gessen, Falk Theatre.
  • Tuesday, June 19 – Poet and non-fiction writer Donald Morrill and fiction writer Josip Novakovich. Held on the 9th floor of the Vaughn Center on the UT campus.
  • Wednesday, June 20 – Novelists Arthur Flowers and Jeff Parker. Held in the Sykes Chapel and Center for Faith and Values on the UT campus.
  • Thursday, June 21 – Poet Erica Dawson, novelist Porochista Khakpour and St. Petersburg Poet Laureate Peter Meinke. Held in the Creative Loafing Space, 1911 N. 13th Street, Ste. W200, Ybor City.

The UT MFA in Creative Writing program, which admitted its first class in January 2012, works by bringing students for 10-day residencies in January and June and then facilitating individual mentorship between students and writing faculty from a distance.

The Lectores series is sponsored by the University of Tampa College of Arts and Letters, The Poynter Institute, Creative Loafing, Tampa Bay Times and WMNF-88.5FM.

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