Pulaski Technical College kicks off a new reading series Sept. 13 that will bring poets, fiction writers, journalists, essayists and other writers from central Arkansas and beyond to the college's North Little Rock campus.
Three evening events are planned for Sept. 13, Oct. 11 and Nov. 8. Each reading will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the RJ Wills Lecture Hall in the Campus Center, located on the college's main campus in North Little Rock at 3000 West Scenic Drive. After each reading, there will be a question-and-answer with the author and a book signing. All events are free and open to the public.
"We have been working on this project for the past few months, given our expanded offerings in literature and creative writing, along with the positive reception to our past readings on campus," said Joey Cole, dean of Fine Arts and Humanities at Pulaski Tech. "Students in composition, literature, creative writing and art all benefited from these visits and spoke highly of the experience."
On Sept. 13, David Jauss, a poet and fiction writer, and Nickole Brown, a poet, both instructors at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, will read selections from their respective works. Jauss has written nine books, including Alone With All That Could Happen, a collection of essays on the craft of fiction. Brown will read from her novel-in-poems Sister and from her forthcoming collection A Book of Birds.
On Oct. 11, Alison Pelegrin, a poet from southern Louisiana, will read from her book Hurricane Party, scheduled for publication in September. Pelegrin and her family were forced to evacuate during Hurricane Katrina, and her new book features many poems about that experience.
"Pelegrin is an electric reader and will be fantastic for our students and the community," said Pulaski Tech English instructor Sandy Longhorn, who is coordinating the reading series.
The reading series concludes Nov. 8 with a Corrie Williamson, a poet, and Kaj Anderson-Bauer, a fiction writer. Both Williams and Anderson-Bauer are attending the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville's Programs in Creative Writing and Translation.
Pulaski Tech's Big Rock Reading Series takes its name from the college's geographic location. In 1721-1722 French explorer Jean-Baptiste Benard de La Harpe claimed the north bank of the Arkansas River for France and dubbed a large rock formation "Le Rocher Francais," or the French Rock. The formation later became known as the Big Rock, now a less famous companion to the Little Rock on the south side of the river, according to the Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture. Today, Pulaski Tech occupies a portion of the Big Rock.
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