The creative writing professors in Western’s English department are among some of the very best writers in the Northwest. This Tuesday at 5 p.m., the public will get a chance to hear all ten of the professors that teach creative writing give a performance on the Library Skybridge.
“As far as I know, it’s the first time,” Professor Carlos Martinez says about the all-inclusive nature of the event. No reading in which the entire creative writing faculty was present has been found on record, making this reading a once-in-a-lifetime event.
Martinez, who will be reading poetry at the event, has been published in a number of local and national literary journals and anthologies, such as Cranky, Crab Creek Review and Poet Lore, and Pontoon numbers 5 and 8. His illustrious writing career is not the only of the group.
Also reading will be Brenda Miller. Miller is most known for her award-winning work in Creative Non-Fiction—among her many awards are several Pushcart prizes—but she will be reading some of her poetry, which is also award-winning, on Tuesday.
Poets, of course, will not be the only ones reading. Kate Trueblood is the author of a collection of stories and will soon have a novel published. In addition to this, she teaches Fiction here at Western.
With both poets and authors present, the night will offer “interesting insights into the nature of each art… Prose versus Poetry,” Martinez said. Martinez added that the reading will be a “Whitman Sampler of creative writing at Western Washington University”—Walt Whitman, that is.
“It’s an incredible array of voices, a diversity of voices,” Martinez explained, commenting on the wide variety that the creative writing professors offer in terms of their individual voices and styles.
No matter which literary forms you prefer, no matter what kind of reading you are drawn to, this literature performance will offer something for you to enjoy. The complete list of authors performing on Tuesday night is as follows: Bruce Beasley, Mary Cornish, Carol Guess, Oliver De La Paz, Carlos Martinez, Brenda Miller, Nancy Pagh, Suzanne Paola, Kate Trueblood, and Jeanne Yeasting.
Come see them read on the Library Skybridge, Tuesday, May 30 at 5 p.m.. For any questions regarding the event, please contact Carlos Martinez at 650-3228 or firstname.lastname@example.org.