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Published: February 27, 2018

Four Authors From Cover Stories Anthology to Give Reading at UT March 8

In Cover Stories, 16 of the best contemporary writers take classic stories as their starting point, crafting new stories from familiar tales. On Thursday, March 8, The University of Tampa will welcome four authors from the anthology for a reading in the Scarfone/Hartley Gallery. The event begins at 2:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Edited by Stefan Kiesbye, Cover Stories demonstrates that originality springs from listening closely to previous generations of authors. Along with the 16 new stories in the anthology are the originals each author selected as a starting point. For the event, authors Jane Dykema, Derek Nikitas, Jeff Parker and Terese Svoboda will read their stories from the anthology. 

Dykema’s work has appeared in Electric Literature, Cosmonauts Avenue, Volt and elsewhere. Dykema is a Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellow, and she teaches writing at Clark University and Grub Street.

Nikitas is the Edgar Award–nominated author of the novels Pyres and TheLongDivision (St. Martin’s Press) and ExtraLife (Polis Books). Nikitas teaches fiction writing at The University of Rhode Island.

Parker is the author of several books, including Where Bears Roam the Streets: A Russia Journal, Ovenman and The Taste of Penny

Svoboda is the author of six books of fiction, seven books of poetry, a memoir, a biography and a book of translation from a South Sudanese language. She has won a Guggenheim, the Bobst Prize in fiction, the Iowa Prize for poetry, a National Endowment for the Humanities grant for translation and the O. Henry Award for the short story.

This event is part of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs conference taking place March 7–10 at the Tampa Convention Center, for which UT is a premier sponsor.

For more information, contact Erica Dawson, associate professor of English and writing, at (813) 257-6311 or

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