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SJSU English Department Announces Creative Writing Week, Nov. 10 Ð Nov. 19, 2008


SAN JOSE, Calif. -- To showcase the launch of its new English B.A. degree with a concentration in creative writing, the SJSU Department of English and Comparative Literature announces SJSU Creative Writing Week, a series of events running Nov. 12 through Nov. 20. Creative Writing Week will include several literary readings, a career fair, a book fair and an appearance by Terrence McNally, internationally-acclaimed playwright, screenwriter, winner of a Prime Time Emmy Award for Drama and winner of four Tony Awards.

Nov. 12: English Department Career Fair

Life after college isn't just about reading novels and writing poetry. Luckily English is a versatile degree that prepares you for many careers. On Nov. 12 the English Department will sponsor a Career Fair designed to show prospective English majors all the professional opportunities open to them as English graduates. Held in the Umunhum Room of the SJSU Student Union the fair opens at 12 p.m. with a reading by faculty authors Dan White and Kate Evans and closes at 5 p.m. The fair includes three informational panels: at 1 p.m. a corporate panel featuring representatives from Google, Intel and Metro Newspapers; at 2:30 p.m. a panel focusing on the nonprofit sector with employees of Arts Council Silicon Valley, the Center for Art in Translation and the SJSU Office of Development; at 4 p.m. a panel presenting educators -- SJSU graduates currently teaching English in local school systems. Don't miss this chance to hear words of wisdom from English graduates and writers working for some of Silicon Valley's largest employers. For more information contact Dr. Persis Karim at 924-4476.

Nov. 12 Ð Nov. 13: Poets and Writers CoalitionBook Fair

(NOTE CHANGE OF DATES) SJSU Creative Writing Week kicks off a book fair sponsored by the Poets and Writers Coalition (PWC), an SJSU club for student writers. The book fair begins Nov. 12 in the Umnuhum Room of the Student Union and will feature a book signing by faculty authors Dan White and Kate Evans. On Nov. 13 stop by the Seventh Street barbecue pit from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. to pick up some used-book bargains! Proceeds will benefit the PWC's campus literary programs and student-run writers workshops.

Nov. 12: Four Minutes of Mayhem

From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Market Café, the PWC will present the second installment of its student/faculty open-mic reading series, “Four Minutes of Mayhem.” Now, most of us would agree that writing isn't always pretty, and it's certainly not all sunshine and rainbows Ð that's where the 'mayhem' comes in. It's also well known that students Ð what with classes and jobs Ð don't always have a lot of time to spend at literary events. That's where the 'four minutes' comes in. Novelist Nick Taylor, poet Alan Soldofsky and student poets T.J. Flores, Evelyn So and David Kern each have four minutes to entice the senses and wreck their havoc. After the featured readers, the floor will be open to all who wish to express themselves.

Nov. 16: Poet Nils Peterson, 75th Birthday Reading

Emeritus SJSU English faculty member and distinguished poet, Nils Peterson will read from his latest work on the occasion of his 75th birthday. Sponsored by Poetry Center, this event will take place on Nov. 16 at 2 p.m. upstairs in the Empire Fire House located at History Park, San Jose, 1650 Senter Road. Free admission.

Nov. 17: Bowling with Writers

Sure you can write, but can you bowl? SJSU's Creative Writing Program invites all campus writers to a bowling night on Nov. 17. It's a great way to meet others just as prosaically gifted, share ideas and have some fun. Lanes open at 7 p.m. and close at 10 p.m. So take a break, stop fussing with that couplet and pick up a pair of bowling shoes. The only thing to worry about for the rest of the night are those gutters É bumpers anyone?

Nov. 17 and Nov. 18: Steinbeck Center Tours

This distinguished American writer brought the Great Depression to life in "The Grapes of Wrath" and gave us a glimpse of the human condition in "Of Mice and Men." If you're seeking literary inspiration, look no further than our campus library as the Martha Heasley Cox Steinbeck Center contains one of the largest compilations of John Steinbeck research materials in the world. Located in the Martin Luther King Jr. Library, the center is open for special tours on Nov. 17 and Nov. 18 at 1:30 p.m. Come and take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to view a collection of Steinbeck reviews, manuscripts and memorabilia.

Nov. 18: Nick Taylor Reading, University Scholars Series

SJSU Professor Nick Taylor will read excerpts from his first novel, "The Disagreement" on Nov. 18 at 12 p.m. in the Schiro Room on the Fifth Floor of the MLK Library. The story, set in the South during the Civil War, delves not only into the disagreement between states but also the struggle between the conflicting ideals of a traditional father and adventurous son.

Nov. 19: Creative Writing B.A. Launch Party

FREE PIZZA! Students interested in SJSU's new creative writing concentration are invited to attend a pizza party prior to the Terrence McNally lecture. FREE PIZZA and soft drinks will be provided by the Department of English and Comparative Literature. The event is located in the Schiro Room on the Fifth Floor of the MLK Library, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. This event is by invitation only.

Nov. 19: Terrence McNallyLecture

Terrence McNally, the 2008 Martha Heasley Cox Lecturer and award-winning playwright of “Deuce,” the musical theater versions of “Kiss of the Spider Woman,” and “Ragtime” and the opera production of “Dead Man Walking,” takes center stage on our campus to close Creative Writing Week. At 1:30 p.m. McNally will take part in an on-stage conversation in the University Theatre as part of the SJSU Center for Literary Arts Authors Series. McNally will also deliver a lecture at 7:30 p.m. in the University Theatre. These events are free and open to the public.

Nov. 20: Cannery Row: A Celebration and Exploration

Creative Writing Week celebrates the fiction of John Steinbeck with three Steinbeck scholars presenting talks on Steinbeck's famous novel "Cannery Row," the Spring 2009 Campus Reading Selection, on Nov. 20 in the MLK Library Center for Steinbeck Studies (on the Fifth Floor). The celebration will include talks by Susan Shillinglaw from 12 p.m. - 1:15 p.m., Michael Hemp from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m., and A.L. "Scrap" Lundy from 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Come enjoy the work of one of America's greatest authors!