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College to Host Series of Readings by Prominent Indiana Writers


Marcus Wicker

The Franklin College English Department will present a reading and lecture series of prominent Indiana-based creative writers, titled “The Future is Now: Indiana Creative Writers Read,” during the 2016-17 academic year. The series will feature readings, question and answer sessions and book signings from poet Marcus Wicker, journalists Tom and Kelley French and novelist Cathy Day.

Marcus Wicker will present his work at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 27 in the Richardson Chapel. Wicker is the author of Maybe the Saddest Thing (Harper Perennial), selected by DA Powell for the National Poetry Series. His work has appeared or is anticipated to be featured in Poetry, The Nation, Boston Review, Oxford American, American Poetry Review and many other magazines. Wicker is a visiting professor at Michigan State University and poetry editor of Southern Indiana Review.

Authors Kelley and Thomas French


Tom and Kelley French will present their work at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 3 in the Richardson Chapel. Tom French is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and the Riley Endowed Chair in Journalism at Indiana University. He is the author of Unanswered Cries, South of Heaven and The New York Times bestseller, Zoo Story. Kelley French is a professor of practice in journalism at Indiana University. A former reporter and editor for the Tampa Bay Times, she was a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Never Let Go, a series about her daughter, Juniper’s, survival. Tom and Kelley French’s memoir about Juniper’s birth at 23 weeks gestation, Juniper: The Girl Who Was Born Too Soon, will be released on Sept. 13, 2016.

Cathy Day

Cathy Day

Cathy Day will present her work at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 2 in the Richardson Chapel. Day is the author of The Circus in Winter (Harcourt, 2004) and Comeback Season (Free Press, 2008). Her stories and essays have appeared in Pank, Ninth Letter, The Millions, Sports Illustrated and North American Review. Day currently teaches creative writing at Ball State University and serves as the assistant chair of operations in the department of English.

All events are free and open to the public.

The series is made possible through a matching grant from Indiana Humanities Council in cooperation with the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more information, contact the Franklin College Office of Marketing and Communications at (317) 738-8185.

Founded in 1834, Franklin College is a residential, liberal arts institution with a scenic, wooded campus, spanning 207 acres, including athletic fields and a 31-acre biology woodland. Students enjoy the comfort and safety of suburban living, while also experiencing the many opportunities Indianapolis has to offer with a short 20-minute drive to downtown. The college prepares students to think independently, to lead responsibly and to serve with integrity in their professions, their communities and the world. The college offers its more than 1,000 students Bachelor of Arts degrees in more than 50 majors from 24 academic disciplines, 42 minors, 11 pre-professional programs and five cooperative programs. The college also offers a Master of Science in athletic training.  In 1842, the college began admitting women, becoming the first coeducational institution in Indiana and the seventh in the nation. Franklin College has historically maintained an affiliation with the American Baptist Churches USA. For more information, visit www.FranklinCollege.edu. Find Franklin College on Facebook and follow @FranklinCollege on Twitter.

(Posted Aug. 29, 2016)

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