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Third Coast magazine celebrates 15th anniversary

Nov. 4, 2010

KALAMAZOO--Live music and readings will mark the 15th anniversary celebration of the Western Michigan University's Third Coast magazine.

Photo of fall 2010 issue of WMU's Third Coast magazine.The festivities run from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, in the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center, 326 W. Kalamazoo Ave. in the Park Trades Center. The event also will serve as the release of Third Coast's fall 2010 issue.

Readings to be featured are by Austin Bunn, Monica Berlin, Nancy Eimers, William Olsen and Kelcey Parker, with original music by Joe Gross.

Bunn's full-length plays and solo pieces have been performed and developed by The New Harmony Project, Iowa New Play Festival, University of Oregon EcoDrama Festival, The Lark, Playwrights' Theatre of New Jersey and more. His non-fiction and fiction writing have appeared in Best American Fantasy, The Pushcart Prize Anthology and The New York Times Magazine. He teaches at Grand Valley State University.

Berlin's recent poems have appeared in DIAGRAM, Rhino and New Orleans Review, among others. In Spring 2009, she won the Thomas R. Hruska Memorial Nonfiction prize from Passages North. Berlin in an associate professor at Knox College.

Eimers' fourth poetry collection, Oz, is forthcoming in winter 2011 from Carnegie Mellon University Press. She teaches creative writing at WMU and at the Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Olsen has four collections of poetry, including "Avenue Of Vanishing." A fifth collection, "Sand Theory," will be brought out by Northwestern University Press in April 2011. He has won fellowships from Breadloaf, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. He teaches at WMU, where he edits New Issues Poetry and Prose.

Parker is the author of "For Sale By Owner," a collection of short stories forthcoming from Kore Press in early 2011. She has a doctoral degree from the University of Cincinnati and currently lives with her husband and daughter in northern Indiana, where she is an assistant professor of creative writing at Indiana University South Bend.

Third Coast, a national literary magazine based at WMU, is edited entirely by WMU graduate and undergraduate students. Works first published in Third Coast have recently been selected for the PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, The Pushcart Prize-Best of the Small Presses series, Best New Poets and The Best American Poetry Series.

Visit Third Coast online at thirdcoastmagazine.com.

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Media contact: Mark Schwerin, (269) 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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