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Sept. 24, 2003


    OSWEGO -- The seventh annual fall Living Writers Series at SUNY Oswego offers a chance for the campus and community to hear authors, poets and others discuss their craft.

    Both visiting writers and creative members of the campus community provide perspectives that include fiction writing, nonfiction writing, journalism and even photography. All start times are at 3 p.m. for the weekly series, which corresponds with a writing arts class and is open to the public.

    "This course is a core requirement in the English writing arts major and designed to bring artists who are active in their fields to the classroom to discuss the creative process," said Brad Korbesmeyer, associate professor of English and director of the writing arts program at SUNY Oswego. "A wonderful offshoot of the class is that the community is invited to many of the presentations, and they can share in the insights and expertise of our guests bring."

    Visiting speakers will include Michael Steinberg, founding editor of literary journal "Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction," at 3 p.m. Oct. 8 in Bell Auditorium in Hewitt Union. His "Peninsula: Essays and Memoirs from Michigan" was a finalist for the 2000 ForeWord Magazine Anthology of the Year Award and the 2000 Great Lakes Book Sellers honor. He teaches in Stonecoast/University of Southern Maine's MFA program.

    On Nov. 3, visiting poet William Trowbridge, author of several books of poetry including the September release "The Complete Book of Kong," will speak in Bell Auditorium. His poems have appeared in more than 20 anthologies and textbooks, and his prizes include an Academy of American Poets Prize, a Bread Loaf Writers' Conference scholarship and multiple fellowships.

    Arthur Flowers, author of "De Mojo Blues" and "Another Good Loving Blues" as well as the children's story "Cleveland Lee's Beale Street Band," will visit for a talk in Bell Auditorium on Nov. 19. He also teaches in Syracuse University's English department.

    "We have between 15 to 20 guests each semester: a blend of writers and artists from around the country and from our own campus and community," Korbesmeyer said.

    All other sessions will unfold in Room 107 of Lanigan Hall. For more information or a schedule of speakers, call 312-2595.

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