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Writers' conference brings successful, aspiring authors to WMU

May 11, 2000

KALAMAZOO -- Several of the nation's prominent, established writers as well as some of its up-and-coming authors will be on hand to share their expertise at the 13th annual Third Coast Writers' Conference Thursday through Saturday, May 11-13, at Western Michigan University.

Sponsored by the WMU Department of English, the conference is a celebration of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction and memoir writing in which successful writers share their work and insights with participants and the community. Conference participants were selected in March on the basis of manuscript submissions. The writers scheduled to participate are: poets Nancy Eimers, Richard Lyons, William Olsen, Martin Walls and C.D. Wright; fiction writers Carol Anshaw, Bonnie Jo Campbell, Rikki Ducornet, Harold King and Daniel Mueller; and nonfiction authors Michael Martone and Michael Steinberg.

A number of the authors will present readings of their work during three sessions that are free and open to the public. All readings will take place in the South Ballroom of the Bernhard Center. The public readings will feature:

Campbell, Walls, Olsen and Eimers at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 11;

Anshaw, Lyons and Mueller at 8 p.m. Friday, May 12; and

Wright, Ducornet and Martone at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 13.

For more information, call (616) 387-2570; visit the Web site at <www.wmich.edu/thirdcoast/conference.html>; or email <michele.mclaughlin@wmich.edu>.

Media contact: Marie Lee, 616 387-8400, marie.lee@wmich.edu

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