SPRINGFIELD, Mo., March 1, 2013 — Drury will host an English Symposium on Wed., March 6, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Harwood Reading room in Olin Library. This event is free and open to the public.
Drury students will be reading their own published works from the Currents publication and have the opportunity to talk with writing professionals about career opportunities. The spotlight of the event occurs in the evening with Drury graduates Loren Broaddus and Brian White reading their published works from the Gingko Tree Review, a national literary magazine.
“Loren and Brian both began their careers as poets when they were students here at Drury,” said Jo Van Arkel, English department chair. “They kept the faith–maintaining a writing practice and successfully submitting poems for publication. Over the years, each has grown as a poet. The release of these chapbooks is a celebration of each man’s commitment to the ‘life of letters’.”
The symposium has a full schedule of events throughout the day, Wed., March 6:
- 10 a.m. – Event kickoff with Dave Malone, regional poet and professor from Missouri State.
- 11 a.m. – Discussion of Gingko Tree Review with Dr. Patrick Moser.
- Noon – Career information for writing professionals.
- 1:30-3 p.m. – Release of the student literary magazine Currents, featuring flash fiction by Drury students.
- 6-8 p.m. – Gingko Tree Review featuring works from Drury graduates Loren Broaddus and Brian White, who will both read their poems. Ozarks’ writer Dave Malone will introduce the Drury poets and read his poetry.
Prior to the symposium, on Tuesday afternoon, March 5, Kyle Durrie of Power and Light Press will visit Drury with her Moveable Type Truck. Based in New Mexico, Durrie travels the country printing with a vintage printing press. At 1:30 p.m. in Olin Library, Durrie will present a slide presentation on the revival of letterpress in the digital age. Her truck will be parked in front of Olin Library all of Tuesday afternoon, and people can climb on board to see how she pulls a print.
This event coincides with the Drury Theme Year Voices Unbound: New Media and the Future of Democracy in its celebration of literary arts and letters.