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
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
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, www.northlakecollege.edu,
or call North Lake's Division of Visual and Performing
Arts at 972-273-3560.