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April 17, 2012 > Students to read their work

Students to read their work

Submitted By Diane Daniel

Five English graduate students will read from their fiction at a program presented by the Cal State East Bay English Department April 23. Organized by graduate student Christopher Morgan, the 7 p.m. program will be in the Biella Room of the University Library. Readers will be Janet Burns, TJ Lyons, Justin Melville, Christopher Morgan, and Johann Schiffer.

Burns' reading will focus on a young man attempting to turn his hobby of writing fan-letters into a lucrative career. Lyons bases his story on a young boy who sleeps every night with the dogs. Melville sends a high school English teacher into a memory search in his piece. Morgan's characters will look for falcons on the Warren Hall roof, and Schiffer places his character in the worst play known to mankind.

Alumnus Zac Walsh created a similar program in 2010; Morgan resurrected it to celebrate the creativity, dedication, and determination of these grad students to write despite the dueling demands of their studies, families, and jobs.

Stephen Gutierrez, English professor and faculty liaison for this project, said, "These are five terrifically talented writers eager to get out there and strut their stuff. They're all so different, unique, in style and sensibility it'll be a wonderful literary treat for the literati at Cal State East Bay. I can't wait to hear them, as they'll be reading new works, and they've earned my deep respect and affection. A great way to showcase what's happening here in the halls of the English Department!"

Each presentation will be a recently written, currently unpublished piece of fiction running about 15-20 minutes in length - sufficient to develop a story line.

For information, contact Steve Gutierrez, or (510) 885-3400.

CSUEB welcomes persons with disabilities. Please notify event sponsor in advance at (510) 885-3118 if accommodation is needed.

CSUEB English students read
7 p.m.
Cal State East Bay
Biella Room, University Library
25800 Carlos Bee Blvd., Hayward
(510) 885-3400

Free admission
Parking $2 per hour

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