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Book Discussions, Readings and Performances at Meramec Writing Festival

March 12, 2014

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The 2014 Meramec Writing Festival, “World Wide Word: You are Here,” takes place March 31-April 2 at various locations on campus, 11333 Big Bend Road in Kirkwood.


This year’s festival events have taken on an international flavor, with topics ranging from continental travels searching for parts for a vintage car to exploring one woman’s personal identity shaped by very different cultures.


Paula Champa, a novelist and short story writer, kicks off the festival with a fiction workshop March 31, 7-9:45 p.m. in Room 105 of the Business Administration building. Champa will also read from her novel “The Afterlife of Emerson Tang” 11 a.m.12:15 p.m. April 1, also in BA 105.


A question-and-answer session via Skype with Iranian-American writer Azadeh Moaveni will take place 3-3:45 p.m. April 1 in Room 200 in the Student Center. Moaveni is the author of “Lipstick Jihad,” which explores how her personal identity was shaped by clashing cultures of the United States and Iran, and how she discovered a secret, rebellious world of parties, fashion shows, plastic surgery and drugs when she moved to Tehran.


Eugene Gloria, who teaches creative writing and English literature at DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind., will read poetry noon-12:50 p.m. April 2 in BA 105. Gloria’s technique varies from free verse with formal English to Japanese hybrids of verse and prose.


In addition to these events, there will be a one-act play, readings and interpretive dance. Visit the STLCC website for a complete list of events.   


All events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact 314-984-7847.