Illinois Authors Common

Two of my talented colleagues are giving a publishing talk (1:30) and a reading (5:00) today — I’m sad I can’t attend the publishing talk (due to a conflicting candidate forum I *have* to attend), but looking forward to the reading! Recommended!


Please join the Humanities Research Institute, Creative Writing Program, and Department of English this Saturday for the Illinois Authors Events, featuring UIC’s Cris Mazza and Christina Pugh.

These events are part of A Year of Creative Writers at Illinois, and will feature a Publication Panel with Cris Mazza and Christine Pugh discussing the ins and outs of the publishing world—from finding agents to sending work out to publishing books—followed by a reading of their own work.

The Illinois Authors Publication Panel will take place Saturday, February 20 at 1:30-3:00 CST.

The Illinois Authors Reading will take place Saturday, February 20 at 5:00 CST.


Illinois Authors Publication Panel:

Meeting ID: 924 6666 1734

Password: YOCW

Illinois Authors Reading:

Meeting ID: 923 5086 9604

Password: YOCW

Cris Mazza’s new novel, Yet to Come, is from BlazeVox Books. In 2017 Mazza’s Charlatan: New and Selected Stories, chronicling twenty years of short-fiction publications, was released. Mazza has seventeen other titles of fiction and literary nonfiction including Something Wrong With Her, a real-time memoir; her first novel How to Leave a Country, which won the PEN/Nelson Algren Award for book-length fiction; and the critically acclaimed Is It Sexual Harassment Yet? She is a native of Southern California and is a professor in and director of the Program for Writers at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Christina Pugh is a poet and critic. Her fifth book of poems, Stardust Media, was awarded the Juniper Prize for Poetry and is forthcoming in 2020 from University of Massachusetts Press. Her other books of poetry include Perception; Grains of the Voice; Restoration; and Rotary, which was awarded the Word Press First Book Prize. She is also the author of the chapbook Gardening at Dusk. Pugh’s work has been awarded a Guggenheim fellowship in poetry, the Poetry Society of America’s Lucille Medwick Memorial Award (for poetry treating a humanitarian theme), the Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship from Poetry magazine, an individual artist fellowship from the Illinois Arts Council, the Grolier Poetry Prize, and the Associated Writing Programs’ Intro Journals Award. She is a professor in the Program for Writers at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a consulting editor for Poetry magazine.

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