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North Lake College Features Texas Writers at Annual Writer's Feast

IRVING, Texas. 25 March, 2002 - The North Lake Community Center for Writers is sponsoring its fourth annual Writer's Feast Monday, April 8 through Thursday, April 11. This year, the literary festival features writers who reside in Texas and write about Texas.

The Writer's Feast offers an opportunity for aspiring writers, students, poets and the general public to appreciate, firsthand, the craft of professionals. Audiences will have a chance to interact directly with experienced authors and poets during scheduled craft talks. Writers will read their work both in the mornings from 11:00 - 12:30 and evenings from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. All readings will be held in the college's Arena Theatre.

On Monday, April 8, Robert Flynn, Jan Seale and Robert Nelsen will read and discuss selections from their work. Robert Flynn, who teaches at Trinity University in San Antonio, is the author of twelve books and has received awards from the Texas Institute of Letters and the National Cowboy Hall of Fame. Jan Epton Seale, who grew up in Gainesville and Waxahachie, will read and discuss her creative nonfiction and poetry with Robert Flynn and Robert Nelsen, who is the Director of Creative Writing at the University of Texas at Dallas. Nelsen has published many works of short fiction and is a regular contributor to several literary reviews and journals.

On Tuesday, April 12, Dr. Gretchen Smith will join Beaumont resident R. S. (Sam) Gwynn. Dr. Smith teaches at SMU and is an internationally produced playwright and theatre historian. Her plays have been staged in Los Angeles, Dallas, St. Louis, Chicago and Seattle. Sam Gwynn began teaching at Southwest Texas State University in 1973, but has been part of the Lamar University faculty since 1976. Recognized as a poet, Gwynn has also compiled and edited poetry anthologies.

Award winning novelist and screenwriter Clay Reynolds joins writer Betty Wiesepape on Wednesday, April 13. Reynolds is currently teaching creative writing at the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) and is the author of ten books and more than six hundred publications ranging from critical studies to short fiction and poems. Nonfiction author Betty Wiesepape teaches creative writing at both UTD and North Lake College.

The final day, Thursday, April 14, is reserved for students in the North Lake Community Center of Writers to read their work. The student invitational reading will be from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Arena Theatre. That evening a special event from 8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. will feature Dr. Gary Swaim and a group of Dallas-area actors in the Performance Hall for a theatrical reading from a series of his stories "A Fannin County Quartet." A philosopher, poet, author, musician and playwright, Dr. Swaim founded the North Lake Community Center for Writers. In addition to founding and directing the Center, Dr. Swaim has twice been named President's Scholar for the college. An educator for more than 30 years, nearly 20 of those at North Lake, Dr. Swaim will be retiring after this year.

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, log onto the North Lake College web site,, or call North Lake's Division of Visual and Performing Arts at 972-273-3560.