31st Annual Casper College Literary Conference "Eclipse" Features Four Authors

The 31st Annual Casper College and ARTCORE Literary Conference “Eclipse” will be held Thursday and Friday, Sept. 21 and 22, 2017.

The 31st Annual Casper College and ARTCORE Literary Conference “Eclipse” will be held Thursday and Friday, Sept. 21 and 22, 2017. The conference will feature a variety of writers and educators who will give both presentations and workshops during the two-day event.

Thursday morning will feature two speakers: author Jessica Jacobs who will give a poetry reading beginning at 10:30 a.m., followed at 11 by author Stephen Graham Jones titled “Fiction-Craft Talk.”

Jacobs is the author of “Pelvis with Distance,” winner of the New Mexico Book Award in Poetry, an Over the Rainbow selection by the American Library Association, and a finalist for the Lambda Literary and Julie Suk Awards.

Jones is the author of 16 novels and six-story collections. His most recent are “Mapping the Interior,” from Tor.com and the comic book “My Hero” from Hex Publishers. He also has several hundred short stories published, from literary journals to truck-enthusiast magazines, from textbooks to anthologies to best-of-the-year annuals.

Author Stephen Graham Jones

Author Stephen Graham Jones. Photo courtesy KR Jones.

That afternoon one presentation and two workshops will be held. The presentation titled “Genre-Bending: Limning the Borders Between Poetry, Fiction, and Prose – A Poetry-Craft Talk” will be given by Nickole Brown at 1 p.m. Brown’s books include “Fanny Says,” a collection of poems published by BOA Editions in 2015; her debut, “Sister,” a novel-in-poems published by Red Hen Press in 2007; and an anthology, “Air Fare,” that she co-edited with Judith Taylor.

At 3 p.m. two workshops will be given. “From the Inside Out: Writing About Family, a Poetry Workshop” with Brown and “What if your Dialogue Wasn’t Terrible? A Fiction Workshop” with Jones.

Brown will use ethnographic methods of an anthropologist to “walk participants through this process to give them the distance and curiosity they need to investigate the story of their family in a way that produces writing scrubbed free of its lies and self-pity.”

Author Nickole Brown

Author Nickole Brown. Photo courtesy of Joli Livaudais.

In his workshop, Jones will show participants how to write compelling dialogue, which “can get tricky” and “how to do it less wrong. There might not be a single right way, but there are a lot of problems that can be identified,” he said.

Friday morning’s offerings will begin at 9:30 with a poetry reading by Brown. The first workshop, “Brief Encounters: Implications and Omissions in Flash Fiction – A Fiction-Craft Talk” by Anthony Guerriero will begin at 10. Guerriero is an English instructor at Casper College who writes stories about characters whose lives teeter on the fringe and poetry about cooking with his young sons.

At 11 a.m. Jacobs will present “Blah, Blah, Love; Blah, Blah, Joy: Why Joyful Poems are so Damn Hard to Write and Some Strategies for Doing It Anyway – A Poetry-Craft Talk.”

Two workshops will be held in the afternoon, both starting at 3 p.m. Guerriero’s workshop, “Brief Encounters: Writing Flash Fiction – A Fiction Workshop.” According to Guerriero, participants will “learn how to make the best deliberate choices when writing flash fiction and when it’s not only better to omit, but that omissions make a person’s stories better.”

The other workshop, “Blah, Blah, Love: Pushing Past Clichés in Love Poems – A Poetry Workshop” will be given by Jacobs. “This workshop will help participants ground their love poems in the rough, vibrant texture of the world,” she said.

All presentations and workshops will take place in the Goodstein Foundation Library located on the Casper College Campus.

The 2017 Casper College and ARTCORE Literary Conference “Eclipse” is sponsored by ARTCORE, the Casper College Foundation, and Casper College. A complete listing for the conference can be found at www.caspercollege.edu/events/literary-conference.

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