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Volume 69, Issue 57, Wednesday, November 12, 2003


Series features 4 new writers

By Karen Klucznic
The Daily Cougar

In an effort to showcase new talent in the Creative Writing Department, the UH Libraries' Poetry & Prose reading series will feature the readings of four new writers at 6 p.m. today at the first New Creative Writers Evening in Room 115, M.D. Anderson Memorial Library.

The featured readers, both poets and fiction writers, are Bradford Gray Telford, the co-author of humor books The Rules for Cats and Mad About Martha; Tiphanie Yanique, winner of the American Poetry Society Undergraduate Prize and the Mary Grant Charles Award for creative writing; Jeanine Walker, who is working on a novel set in Korea for which she was a finalist in the 2002 James Jones First Novel Fellowship; and Giuseppe Taurino, a former high school counselor who has returned to his first love -- writing.

"These four writers represent the new class of 16 creative writers who were chosen from over 350 applicants," Edward Lukasek, senior library assistant, said. "What will be read is strictly up to the individual writer, and we place no restrictions on content or length, but usually it goes no longer than 20 minutes per reader."

The Creative Writing Program was founded in 1979 by the English Department and today ranks among the top of such programs in the nation.

"The success has come from the dedication of great writers who have stayed around and nurtured the students lucky enough to get in," Lukasek said.

In addition to the new event, three monthly poetry and prose readings are held during the spring and fall semesters. The next one, "Love and Honors," is scheduled for February and will explore the many sides of Eros, the god of love. That event will be presented by The Honors College.

For more information on the Poetry & Prose series, contact Lukasek at (713) 743-9755 or

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