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Winners Of Housatonic Book Awards In Poetry, Fiction To Read At WestConn

Former M.F.A. mentor Elizabeth Cohen will read from her work at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 5, in Room 218 of the Classroom Building on the university’s Westside campus.
Former M.F.A. mentor Elizabeth Cohen will read from her work at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 5, in Room 218 of the Classroom Building on the university’s Westside campus. Photo Credit: contributed

DANBURY, Conn. -- A highlight of Western Connecticut State University's Master of Fine Arts in Creative and Professional Writing annual residency is when authors read from their winning works Tuesday, Jan. 3 to Saturday, Jan. 7 at WCSU's Westside campus.

The 2016 Housatonic Book Awards in Poetry and Fiction recipients will conduct their readings at 7 p.m. in Room 218, Classroom Building, WCSU Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave., Danbury on:

Tuesday, Jan. 3: M.O. Walsh, winner of the 2016 Housatonic Book Award for his work of fiction, “My Sunshine Away. Walsh will answer questions and sign books after the reading.

Wednesday, Jan. 4: Reginald Dwayne Betts, winner of the 2016 Housatonic Book Award for his work of poetry, “Bastards of the Reagan Era. He will answer questions and sign books after the reading.

Thursday, Jan. 5: Former M.F.A. mentor Elizabeth Cohen will read from her work.

Friday, Jan. 6, M.F.A. mentor Libby Cudmore will read from her work.

Saturday, Jan. 7: M.F.A. alumni Beth Turley and David Hayes will read from their work.

The readings are free and open to the public.

In the event of university closure due to weather, all events will be held at the Maron Hotel.

For more information, visit the M.F.A. program website at www.wcsu.edu/writing/mfa or call the M.F.A. office at 203-837-8878.

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