A publication of the Department of English & Philosophy at Drexel University

2007 Week of Writing Schedule

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Overview

Monday, May 14th

“Character Writing and Fiction”
10:00 am – 10:50 am
Mandell Lobby, Creese Student Center, 33rd and Chestnut Streets
Reading Marathon
11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Mandell Lobby, Creese Student Center, 33rd and Chestnut Streets
“Writing Out of the Box” Panel Discussion
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Mandell Lobby, Creese Student Center, 33rd and Chestnut Streets

Tuesday, May 15th

“Poetry in the Real World” Panel Discussion
10:00am – 10:50am
Living Arts Lounge
Reading Marathon
11:00am – 4:00 pm
Mandell Lobby, Creese Student Center, 33rd and Chestnut Streets

Wednesday, May 16th

Performance-writing Workshop and Poetry Slam
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Creese 230, 33rd and Chestnut Streets
Poetry Slam
10:30am – 12:00pm
Creese Student Center, 33rd and Chestnut Streets

All Week of Writing events will take place in the Creese Student Center, accessible via Chestnut Street entrances. Please check the individual events for details on which part of the Creese Student Center those events will take place within.

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Monday, May 14th


“Character and Writing Fiction Panel Discussion”
10:00am – 10:50 am
Mandell Theatre Lobby, Creese Student Center, 33rd and Chestnut Streets

Q&A Discussion with three novelists:
Paula Marantz Cohen:Paula Marantz Cohen is bestselling author of the novels Jane Austen in Boca (Literary Guild/Book of the Month Club Featured Alternate and a Page-Turner of the Week in People magazine); Much Ado About Jessie Kaplan; and Jane Austen in Scarsdale or Love, Death and the SATs. She is also the author of the nonfiction books The Daughter as Reader; The Daughter’s Dilemma; Silent Film and the Triumph of the American Myth; and Alfred Hitchcock: The Legacy of Victorianism. She has published articles and stories in many journals, including Yale Review, Boulevard, Iowa Review, Raritan, The American Scholar, and The Hudson Review. She is the co-editor of the Journal of Modern Literature and a regular reviewer for the Times Literary Supplement. Distinguished Professor of English, Dr. Cohen teaches several courses in the Department of English and Philosophy, including Shakespeare, American Literature, Victorian Literature, Film and Literature, and Writing Fiction. Her Ph.D. is from Columbia University.
Nomie Eve:Nomi Eve is the author of The Family Orchard (Knopf 2000). She received her M.F.A. from Brown, and was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award. Eve is the mother of three small children. She lives in Elkins Park, and is currently working on her second novel.
Linda Ching Sledge:Linda Ching Sledge has a Ph.D. in Renaissance literature from the Graduate Center, City University of New York, and has been a professor of literature and writing at Westchester Community College, State University of New York, for 30 years. She has written three books — a literary history on Nativity poems published by William B Eerdmans, and two award-winning novels published by Bantam Books. The first novel, Empire of Heaven, set in 19th century China, won the Discover Great New Writers Award in 1991 from B. Dalton/Barnes and Noble. Its sequel, A Map of Paradise, set in 19th century Hawaii, won the Washington Irving Library Award. She has also written popular articles which have appeared in Redbook, Parenting, Guideposts, and Readers Digest.
Moderated by Scott Stein:In its review of his recently published second novel, Mean Martin Manning (ENC Press 2007), the Philadelphia City Paper said, If Franz Kafka were funny, if, while down at his local pub in Prague, he had fired off one witty, sarcastic rejoinder after another about the absurdity of the world, then he would have written a novel like Scott Stein’s Mean Martin Manning … [a] gem of a book.” The Web sites associated with Mean Martin Manning were featured in an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer. In 2001, that paper called Stein’s first novel Lost “wonderfully comic” and “a page-turner” and BookSense.com selected it as a Daily Pick. His short fiction has been published in The G.W. Review, Art Times, Liberty, and the Drexel Online Journal. He currently writes essays for Liberty and blogs at the Scott Stein. Stein is associate director of the Certificate Program in Writing and Publishing in the Department of English and Philosophy. The book Drexel University Off the Record (the unauthorized guide for prospective students) lists “Scott Stein’s Humor & Comedy Writing class” as one of the “Ten Best Things About Drexel.” He teaches Writing Fiction, Writing Humor and Comedy, Creative Writing, and Freshman Writing. His M.F.A. is from the University of Miami.


Reading Marathon
11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Mandell Lobby, Creese Student Center, 33rd and Chestnut Streets

11:00am-11:20am – Eva Thury
11:20am-11:40am – Paula Marantz Cohen – Fiction
11:40am-12:00pm – Sravanthi Dama – 1st place winner in the WoW Writing Contest for Poetry, “Ode to My Liver”
12:00pm-12:20pm – Ken Bingham
12:40-1:00pm – Eamon R. McIvor – 1st place winner in the Wow Writing Contest for Fiction, “The Plunge”
1:00pm-1:20pm – Gabriella Ibieta – Nonfiction
1:20pm-1:40pm – Don Riggs – Poetry
1:40pm-2:00pm – Miriam N. Kotzin – Fiction
2:00-2:20pm – Charlotte Lenox – 1st place winner in the Wow Writing Contest for Nonfiction, “Sleeping in the Temperate Forest”; Paul Montgomery – honorable mention in the WoW Writing Contest for Fiction, “Driftwood”
2:20pm-2:40pm – Scott Warnock
2:40pm-3:00pm – Rebecca Brown – Fiction


“Writing Out of the Box Panel Discussion”
3:00pm – 4:30pm
Mandell Theatre Lobby, Creese Student Center, 33rd and Chestnut Streets

Q&A discussion of how writing can lead to interesting and unexpected experiences. We will cover professional and personal aspects for life with our distinguished panelists:
Jen A. Miller: Jen A. Miller is a freelance writer and editor who contributes articles about culture, books, music, fashion, and travel for the New York Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Psychology Today, Poets & Writers, Pages, Wired.com, and New Jersey Monthly. She also writes about health, nutrition, fitness and relationships for Men’s Fitness, Spa, Muscle & Fitness Hers, and Maximum Health.
Gayle Ronan Sims: As chief obituary writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer, Gayle Ronan Sims writes the life stories of interesting people. She believes that some of the most ordinary people have lived the most extraordinary lives.
Gary Allen Sledge: Gary Allen Sledge has been an editor at Readers Digest for nearly two decades, working closely with well known writers such as Alex Haley, Chris Bohjalian, Kathleen Norris, and Suzanne Chazin. Before coming to the Digest, he was editor-in-chief of Revell Publishing, and founding editorial director of Wynwood Books, which published John Grisham’s first book, A Time to Kill. He has collaborated with his wife Linda Ching Sledge on two award-winning historical novels published by Bantam Books. His poetry has appeared in Christian Century, Chronogram, and Bedford Magazine. He has also written many feature articles under his own byline in Readers Digest.
Jason Wilson: Jason Wilson is the series editor of the bestselling anthology The Best American Travel Writing, now in its 7th edition. The last three editions have been named New York Times Notable Books. Wilson is a columnist for the Washington Post food section and has been a frequent contributor to the Post’s Sunday Magazine. His essays have appeared in Salon, Boston Globe, New York Times, National Geographic Traveler, Conde Nast Traveler, Travel & Leisure, Town & Country Travel, McSweeney’s, Maxim, Philadelphia Magazine, North American Review, New England Review, Passages North, Post Road, and many other magazines, journals, and newspapers. He has published short stories in Pindeldyboz and Northeast Corridor. He has twice won a Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism award, and has had four essays chosen as “Notable” in Best American Essays. Wilson is currently creating a new, independent online journal called The Smart Set, housed at Drexel University, which will launch later this summer.
Moderated by Paula Marantz Cohen

Tuesday, May 15th


“Poetry in the Real World Panel Discussion”
10:00am – 10:50 am
Mandell Theatre Lobby, Creese Student Center, 33rd and Chestnut Streets

Q&A discussion with three faculty poets:
Valerie Fox: Valerie Fox’s most recent book, The Rorschach Factory, was published by Straw Gate Press in 2006. Amnesia, or, Ideas for Movies, was published by Texture Press (1993). Her poems have appeared in numerous journals, including The World, Hanging Loose, West Branch, Phoebe, Printed Matter, No Roses Review, Poems Niederngasse, 5 Trope, Feminist Studies, and The Painted Bride Quarterly. More of her work can be found at The Quick Brown Fox. She teaches in the English and Philosophy Department at Drexel University. Her doctorate is from Binghamton University.
Don Riggs: Don Riggs has published poetry and articles in many publications, including 16th Century Journal, Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, Painted Bride Quarterly, xib, and ixnay. He is the co-editor of and featured poet in the book Uncommonplaces: Poems of the Fantastic. He is the editor of Lamont B. Steptoe’s A Long Movie of Shadows and he co-translated Chinese Poetic Writing by Francois Cheng. He currently writes a column for ASK called “My Life in Poetry.” Dr. Riggs teaches several courses for the Department of English and Philosophy, including Science Fiction Literature, Philosophy in Literature, Renaissance and Enlightenment Literature, Creative Writing, Visions in Writing, and Freshman Writing. His Ph.D. is from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Lynn Levin: Lynn Levin, adjunct assistant professor of English at Drexel University, is the author of two collections of poems, Imaginarium (2005) and A Few Questions about Paradise (2000). Her poems have appeared in Boulevard, The Poetry Miscellany, Nebraska Review, Margie, Hunger Mountain, The North American Review, The Comstock Review, Mad Poets Review, Paterson Literary Review, One Trick Pony, Schuylkill Valley Journal of the Arts, and other places. She has received seven Pushcart Prize nominations. A Bucks County, Pennsylvania Poet Laureate and a winner of the Robert Fraser Award, Lynn Levin has also received a Leeway Window of Opportunity grant and in 2005 won Second Prize in the St. Louis Poetry Center’s Best Poem Contest. In addition to teaching, she produces the DUTV show, The Drexel InterView. Her M.F.A. is from Vermont College.
Moderated by Kathleen Volk Miller: Kathleen Volk Miller is the editor of Painted Bride Quarterly, one of the nation’s most prestigious literary journals. PBQ publishes poetry and prose that best represents the individual voice. She has published fiction, personal essays, and articles in numerous publications, including Red Booth Review and the Philadelphia Inquirer. She teaches in the Department of English and Philosophy and has spoken at various conferences on marketing, publishing online, working with student interns, and teaching with technology. Her M.A. is from Rutgers University.


“Readings in Mandell Lobby”
11:00am – 4:00pm
Mandell Theatre Lobby, Creese Student Center, 33rd and Chestnut Streets

11:00am-11:20am – Fred Siegel – Nonfiction
11:20am-11:40am – Stephen McCormick
11:40am-12:00pm – Scott Stein – Fiction
12:00pm-12:20pm – Rachel Messina, honorable mention in the WoW Writing Contest for Fiction, “Yesterday Matt Turner Hung Himself”; Andrew Segedin, 2nd place winner of the WoW Writing Contest for Fiction, “Rockwell and 21st”
12:20pm-12:40pm – Stacey Ake
12:40pm-1:00pm – Ian Micir, honorable mention in the WoW Writing Contest for NonFiction, “A Response Letter to the Army”
1:00pm-1:20pm – Lynn Levin – Poetry
1:20pm-1:40pm – Kevin Cooney
1:40pm-2:00pm – Kathleen Volk Miller
2:00pm-2:20pm – Thomas Devaney
2:20pm-2:40pm – Deborah Yarchun, 2nd place winner of the WoW Writing Contest for Poetry, “Holy”; Jeremy Gimbel, 2nd place winner of the WoW Writing Contest for NonFiction, “The Green Hour”
2:40pm-3:00pm – Henry Israeli – Poetry
3:00pm-3:20pm – Alex Kudera
3:20pm-3:40pm – Valerie Fox & Gail Rosen – Team Poetry
3:40pm-4:00pm – Readings for end of day. End of reading marathon.

Wednesday, May 16th


“Performance-writing Workshop”
10:30am – 12:00 pm
Creese 230, 33rd and Chestnut Streets

This workshop is facilitated by our distinguished guests:
Dr. Maurice Henderson: Dr. Maurice Henderson is a spoken word poet and is Producing Artistic Director of the National Black Arts Spoken Word Tour. He is an outstanding media personality whose award-winning books, critically acclaimed and Off-Broadway produced plays, nationally syndicated columns, and appearances on the lecture and media circuits have attracted a wide audience.
Post Midnight: Post Midnight, from the Trenton Slam Artists Performing Poets Extraordinaire, has performed in the National Poetry Slam competition, and is included on many Spoken Word CDs.
John Lumia: John Lumia is an American actor, and sub-culture solo artist and performer, best known for his solo shows including: SpinCycle; Amputation Nation; Cryptome; AntiMatter. He frequently collaborates with Bill Reim (Ibanez/Tama) and musician Darren Morze. Film credits include the van driver/philosopher in the movie Girl, Interrupted as well as numerous independent films. Television credits include Hack and Homicide: Life on the Street.


“Poetry Slam”
12:00pm – 1:00pm
Creese Student Center, 33rd and Chestnut Streets

The Poetry Slam is open to all students, whether or not they participate in the “Performance-writing Workshop.”