Literary masters share their crafts at writing conference

What’s the difference between song lyrics and poems? What do well−published authors know that I don’t? You may find the answers to these questions and much more at the 17th Annual Contemporary Literature and Writing Conference March 27−30. The free event will be held in the Student Center.

Georgia (Mar 24, 2006) — What’s the difference between song lyrics and poems? What do well−published authors know that I don’t? You may find the answers to these questions and much more at the 17th Annual Contemporary Literature and Writing Conference March 27−30. The free event will be held in the Student Center.

Created in 1989 by the English department‚ the conference has brought renowned writers‚ including Mary Hood‚ Joyce Carol Oates‚ Ha Jin‚ Sonia Sanchez‚ Robert Pinsky‚ Gail Godwin and Alison Lurie‚ to campus to share their craft with students‚ faculty‚ staff and community members. This year’s conference features Andrew Plattner‚ Wyn Cooper and Scott Cairns.

Award−winning author Plattner will speak on Monday‚ March 27‚ at 8 p.m. in the Leadership Room. His book of short stories‚ “Winter Money‚” won the Flannery O’Connor Award in 1997‚ and he has been published in journals such as “The Paris Review‚” “Sewanee Review” and “Georgetown Review.”

Cooper‚ whose poem “Fun” was turned into Grammy−winning song “All I Wanna Do” by Sheryl Crow‚ will provide insight into the music and songwriting business Wednesday‚ March 29‚ at 12:30 p.m. in the Leadership Room. He has published three books of poems‚ and many of his stories‚ essays and reviews have appeared in “Poetry‚” Ploughshares” and “Crazyhorse.”

Cairns‚ a professor of English at the University of Missouri and the series editor for the Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry‚ will speak Thursday‚ March 30‚ at 8 p.m. in the Leadership Room. He has authored five collections of poetry‚ including “The Theology of Doubt‚” “The Translation of Babel‚” “Figures for the Ghost‚” “Recovered Body” and “Philokalia: New and Selected Poems.”

Visit http:www.kennesaw.edu/english/clwc/index.html for more information or e−mail Ralph Tejeda Wilson at rtwilson@kennesaw.edu.





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