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Four creative writing faculty -- Bill Hallberg, John Hoppenthaler, Angela Mellor, and Luke Whisnant -- read from their original poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction on Thursday, February 25th, at 8 pm in Bate 1031. The reading was for the benefit the Food Bank of Eastern NC. Canned & boxed foods were donated at the reading.  Last Thanksgiving’s benefit reading generated nearly 300 pounds of food for the Food Bank.

The English Club hosted a Valentine's Day Reading on Wednesday, February 10th at 5:00 pm in the Bate Faculty Lounge. Readers included: Kelly Hunnings, Chrystal Mount, Toni Manfredi, Jeff Hammond, Deniz Alemdar, Max Lemanowicz, Kirsis Concepcion, Stephanie Fu, Jesse Gay, Jason Brown, Preston Mackey, and Brittney Ramsey.

John Hoppenthaler was interviewed on Carrboro Book Beat, 103.5 FM, on February 1st at 10 am.  He talked, among other things, of his new book Anticipate the Coming Reservoir published by Carnegie Mellon University Press.

EGSO (English Graduate Students Organization) held a "Love and Loathing" creative reading at the Tipsy Teapot on February 11th at 8 pm. Readers included: Nathan Black, LaTasha R. Jones, Jennifer Sheppard, Celestine Davis, Batya Weinbaum, Jim Kirkland, Donna Lloyd, and Erin Warren.

Ray Bradbury's "Fahrenheit 451" adapted for the stage and directed by Joe Horst was performed February 19-21 and 25-27 at the Music Academy of Eastern Carolina at 1440 Red Banks Road in Greenville, NC, as part of the Magnolia Arts Center 2010 season.

Students, faculty, and crossword-aficionados alike all gathered to listen to famed crossword writer Harvey Estes speak on January 20th in the Bate Building. Estes, a popular crossword writer whose puzzles have been featured in the The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post, explained his own history with crossword puzzles and how that relationship had changed over the years because of the advent and application of new technology in our lives. Estes recounted the process of constructing crosswords on graph paper in the early days of puzzle construction.  Constructing a puzzle before the internet required only graph paper, a dictionary, an envelope, and a stamp, all within reach of the writer. Once a puzzle was completed, it would be sent off in an envelope to any number of editors. Nowadays, Estes completes puzzles in front of his computer screen using a software platform designed specifically for the creation of crossword puzzles. And instead of waiting weeks for a reply from potential publishers, Estes sends his puzzles via e-mail and receives confirmation from editors on the same day, leaving the days of stamps and graph paper in the dust.  Estes composed two x-word puzzles especially for his visit to East Carolina: Central Intelligence and Central Intelligence with Circles.

The Council of Literary Magazines and Presses interviewed Margaret Bauer for their 2009-2010 directory published by Red Hen Press. The interview begins:

CLMP: How did you arrive at your current position?

Bauer:  I was hired by East Carolina University in 1996 to teach Southern and North Carolina literature and to edit the North Carolina Literary Review. It has taken me most of my dozen years as editor to get to my "current position" -- ambassador for North Carolina literature, which is how I would describe my role as editor of the North Carolina Literary Review -- and I feel privileged to serve the state's talented writers.


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