Graduating Students and Guest Author Join in Celebration of Writing at ASC

(04-08-2009)

The Adams State College Creative Writing Program is pleased to host author/teacher Kathy Winograd, for a free community writing workshop from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. Thursday, April 16 in Luther Bean Museum. Following the workshop, Winograd and senior creative writing majors Jesse Russell and Erin Everest will read their work at 7 p.m. The events are free and open to the public.

Everest said writing fiction is a way for her to bring to life people and places that wouldn't necessarily exist otherwise. "It is a pretty powerful thing -- the ability to create a whole mess of something out of the tiny speck of nothing. 'Blood Tattoo', the piece I'll be reading from along with a poem or two, is a perfect example of just that."

"Through these writings it is my goal to capture the essence of language, the beauty that it offers us," Russell said. "By beauty I do not mean merely what is considered aesthetically pleasing, but that which may provide the most truth about our existence."

Guest Author Winograd is a full time writing teacher at Arapaho Community College and director of the lively Writers Studio there; she is also faculty in the Ashland MFA writing program. Warm, accessible, and humorous, she enjoys creating opportunities for writers to learn and have fun. Aaron Abeyta and Carol Guerrero-Murphy, co-directors of the ASC Creative Writing Program, are enthusiastic about her work and the opportunity to have her share her talents in the SLV. Author of "Air into Breath", a 2002 Colorado Book Award Winner in Poetry, she is the recipient of a Colorado Artist Fellowship in Poetry, a Rocky Mountain Women's Institute Associateship, and a co-winner of a Colorado Endowment for The Humanities Grant. She also received the Distinguished Faculty award at ACC. She writes all kinds of things including children's stories.

She received her Ph.D. in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Denver, and a M.F.A. from the University of Iowa.

Winograd will be leading two other regular classes on campus; the public is welcome to sit in on those as well. For more information call 719-587-7862.

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