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Pulitzer Prize Winning Poet to Speak at North Lake College's Writer's Feast

IRVING, Texas. 23 March, 2000 - The North Lake Community Center for Writers is sponsoring its third annual Writer's Feast from Monday, April 9 to Thursday, April 12. Featured this year is Yusef Komunyakaa, internationally recognized poet and winner of both the Pulitzer and the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award in 1994. His work offers detailed glimpses of his rural upbringing in Louisiana, his identity as an African American, as well as his experience in the jungles of Vietnam.

The Writer's Feast offers an opportunity for aspiring writers, poets and the general public to appreciate, firsthand, the craft of professionals. Audiences will have a chance to interact directly with the experienced authors and poets during scheduled craft talks. The Feast ends on Thursday night, 7-8:30 pm on April 12, with the music of a local blues band and a reading by the lake.

Joining Yusef Komunyakaa at the Feast to read and discuss selections from their work are two noted authors: Kelly Cherry and Tom Dodge.

Kelly Cherry is a visiting Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Alabama, Huntsville. Her recent books include The Society of Friends, stories; Death and Transfiguration, poems; God's Loud Hand, poems; Writing the World, essays; and Augusta Played, a novel.

Tom Dodge is known to many in the North Texas area as a popular writer, teacher and radio commentator. Tom is retired from teaching English and Creative Writing at Mountain View College, and is currently living and writing in Midlothian, Texas. Lee Cullum, political analyst on the News Hour with Jim Lehrer and columnist with the Dallas Morning News, says about Tom: "Tom Dodge is the voice of Texas. He speaks for top dogs, underdogs, yellow dogs and for all those who hold in their hearts a vision of Texas as a prairie paradise. Tom dodge is the John Henry Faulk of his day." 


The following is a complete schedule of the readings, craft talks, and concert:

Monday, April 9

     Yusef Komunyakaa

  • 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Public Reading, Arena Theatre
  • 7:00 - 8:30 p.m., Craft Talk, Arena Theatre
Tuesday, April 10
    C.C. Writer Creative Writing Students Reading selections from their work
  • 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Arena Theatre
      Kelly Cherry
  • 7:00 - 8:30 p.m., Craft Talk, Arena Theatre
Wednesday, April 11
    Kelly Cherry
  • 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Public Reading, Arena Theatre
     Tom Dodge
  • 7:00 - 8:30 p.m., Craft Talk, Arena Theatre
Thursday, April 12
     Tom Dodge
  • 7:00 - 8:30 p.m., Public Reading, Blues by the Lake (bring your picnic dinner)

North Lake College is a member of the Dallas County Community College District. All of the events are open to the public at no charge. For more information, call the Division of Visual and Performing Arts at 972-273-3560.