Reginald Dwayne Betts is an American poet, memoirist, and teacher. He is author of A Question of Freedom: A Memoir of Learning, Survival, and Coming of Age in Prison (Penguin/Avery, 2009), Shahid Reads His Own Palm (Alice James Books, 2010), winner of the 2010 Beatrice Hawley Award, and Bastards of the Reagan Era (Stahlecker Selections, 2015). He was a 2010 Soros Justice Fellow.
Keynote (UW-L) Spend an evening with R. Dwayne Betts, a poet and memoirist; author of A Question of Freedom: A Memoir of Learning, Survival, and Coming of Age in Prison (memoir), Shahid Reads His Own Palm and Bastards of the Reagan Era (poetry).
Book signing and reception at 6:00 p.m.; keynote at 7:00 p.m. in the New Student Union Auditorium.
Event Location: University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, 1725 State St., La Crosse, WI 54601 Date: Wed, Feb 15, 2017 Time: 6:00pm – 9:30pm
A reading by poet and memoirist R. Dwayne Betts (WTC)
Event Location: Western Technical College, 400 7th St North, La Crosse, WI 54601 Date: Thu, Feb 16, 2017 Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Co-hosted by La Crosse Reads and the City of La Crosse Human Rights Commission, this Community Conversation will involve local activists, experts, historians and citizens in a conversation about the relevance of Gaines' novel to 21st-century La Crosse. (Sponsored by the Wisconsin Humanities Council.)
Matt Cashion, UWL Professor of English, is the author of two novels, How the Sun Shines on Noise (2004) and Our 13th Divorce (forthcoming). His short story collection, Last Words of the Holy Ghost, won the 2015 Katherine Anne Porter Prize. The book is currently a finalist in Foreward Reviews 2015 Indiefab Book of the Year Awards. Kirkus Reviews calls it, "A sublime collection that uses compassion and subtle humor to capture heavy moments in lives lived on the margins." Born in North Carolina and raised in Georgia, Cashion earned an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Oregon. He has worked as a reporter, a short order cook, a bartender, a piano mover, and as an airport tollbooth attendant. He has been teaching Creative Writing (and a few other things) at UWL since 2006.
As part of the College of Letters and Sciences "Creative Imperatives" symposium, the English Department is hosting an evening at the Root Note. Monday night, 2/29, from 7:00 - 9:00 PM (115 4th Street, La Crosse).
Leading off at 7:00 will be student contributors to The Catalyst reading works from the latest issue.
At 8:00, we're excited to welcome Wisconsin Naturalist and author Jill Sisson Quinn. Jill's essays have appeared in Ecotone, Orion, and OnEarth. Her essay "Sign Here if You Exist" was selected for The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2011. You may have heard her on Public Radio's Wisconsin Life, where she is a regular guest contributor. Jill will read recent work, including selections from her memoir Deranged: Finding a Sense of Place in the Landscape and in the Lifespan.
Please consider coming out in support of literature and creative writing at UW-L! We'll hope to see you there!
Set in one of the nation’s most highly segregated cities — Milwaukee, Wisconsin — Meet Me Halfway tells stories of connections in a community with a tumultuous and divided past. In nine stories told from diverse perspectives, Jennifer Morales captures a Rust Belt city’s struggle to establish a common ground and a collective vision of the future.
Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015 Public Reading: 6 p.m. | 141 Wimberly Hall Literary Craft Discussion: 3:55-5:20 p.m. | 326 Wimberly Hall
Sponsored by the UWL Department of English, with assistance from the Department of Ethnic and Racial Studies and the Institute for Social Justice.
In telling the story of his own accidental “coming of age,” English professor Bradley Butterfield’s fictitious narrator “Bradley Butterfield” tells the stories of a whole cast of lovable, if fallible, characters from his childhood and of the Denver he grew up in from the dawn of disco to the Reagan era. Idiot Boys is a relentlessly funny, heartbreakingly sad, and ultimately philosophical look at the particular idiocy of boys and the universal stupidity of man. Each chapter, or “Exhibit,” represents a rough archetype of idiot boy behavior and a stage in young Butterfield’s quixotic quest to figure himself out and become the hero of his own movie.Butterfield’s narration meanders between every phase of his youth, from pre-school to his first semester in college, but there turns out to be a method in this seeming madness as it builds to a gut-wrenching climax involving repressed memories surrounding his mother’s death and the inevitable dissolution of those childhood friendships he thought would last forever.