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Literary press plans summer celebration

Aug. 11, 2009

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University's literary press, New Issues Poetry and Prose, is staging a Summer's End Celebration and Gala Fundraiser featuring readings by accomplished authors and live music Sunday, Aug. 30, at Bell's Eccentric Cafe, 355 E. Kalamazoo Ave.

Michigan writers John Rybicki, Heather Sellers, David Dodd Lee, Diane Seuss and Jamie D'Agostio will read briefly from their poetry. Bonnie Jo Campbell will serve as auctioneer for a variety of paintings, rarities and humorous objects. Whiskey Before Breakfast will perform traditional dance music.

The event runs from 2 to 6 p.m. and a $5 donation is requested at the door. Food and refreshments will be available.

New Issues Poetry and Prose, a non-profit literary press, was established in 1996 by poet and Editor Herbert S. Scott. New Issues publishes eight to 12 new titles each year with a focus on contemporary poetry. New Issues enjoys support from WMU, the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the generous donations of the arts community.

For more information about the event, call Marianne Swierenga, New Issues managing editor, at (269) 387-8185 or visit New Issues Poetry and Prose online.

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

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