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Danbury's WCSU Offers Free Literary Readings In August

Writers will read from their works during the Western Connecticut State University Master of Fine Arts in Creative and Professional Writing summer residency in August in Danbury.
Writers will read from their works during the Western Connecticut State University Master of Fine Arts in Creative and Professional Writing summer residency in August in Danbury. Photo Credit: File

DANBURY, Conn. — Two recently announced Housatonic Book Award winners will be among the notable writers who will read from their works during the Western Connecticut State University Master of Fine Arts in Creative and Professional Writing summer residency in August in Danbury.

The schedule of free public readings is:

Sunday, Aug. 2: Recent graduate Cara Petitti and MFA mentor Dan Pope, author of the novel “House-Breaking” (Simon & Schuster), will read at 7 p.m. in Room 218 of the Classroom Building on the WCSU Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Ext., Danbury.

Monday, Aug. 3: Mardi Jo Link, winner of the 2014 Housatonic Book Award for her work of Creative Nonfiction, “Bootstrapper” (Vintage), will read at 7 p.m. in Room 218 of the Classroom Building on the WCSU Westside campus.

Tuesday, Aug. 4: MFA program graduate Jeannette Ronson, author of “Cinderella Borscht Belt” (Kellan Publishing), and mentor John Roche, author of the novel “Bronx Bound” (Black Opal Books), will read at 7 p.m. in Alumni Hall on the WCSU Midtown campus, 181 White St., Danbury.

Wednesday, Aug. 5: A.B Westrick, winner of the 2014 Housatonic Book Award in Writing for Young Adults and Middle Grades for her novel “Brotherhood” (Puffin Books), will read at 7 p.m. in Room 218 of the Classroom Building on the WCSU Westside campus.

The readings offer the Danbury community an opportunity to hear fiction, nonfiction, screenplay and poetry readings by nationally renowned authors, many of whom serve as writers-in-residence or writing mentors of the university’s MFA in Creative and Professional Writing program.

Launched in 2005, the program enables participants to continue working while pursuing MFA studies in a diverse range of creative and nonfiction writing genres through distance learning. In the program’s first 10 years, MFA students and graduates have published more than 40 books and dozens of stories, articles and poems, according to a press release.

For more information, visit the MFA program website or call 203-837-8878.

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