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Writers Harvest will raise money for the local food bank.

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Writers Harvest reaps intellectual and charitable fruits


Ohio University's Program in Creative Writing will host its annual Writers Harvest at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 11, in the Forum Theater in the RTV Building.

Admission to the event is $5, and all proceeds go to Second Harvest Southeastern Ohio Food Bank.

Creative Writing faculty members, Distinguished Professor Mark Halliday and Professor Zakes Mda, will read their work. Program in Creative Writing alumna and Assistant Professor of English at Marshall University Rachael Peckham will also present her work.

"It is of course an honor and a pleasure to be able to contribute to an event whose purpose -- helping the hungry -- is so clear and good," said Halliday.

Each of the featured speakers specializes in a different type of literature; ensuring a diverse experience for the audience.

"I will read six or seven poems and I'll try to make them entertaining and easy to understand -- especially if I'm the third reader of the evening!" said Halliday.

Halliday was named the 2011 Distinguished Professor Halliday and is an internationally recognized authority on poetry. He has received numerous awards for his work. In 1998-2000, Halliday held a Lila Wallace/Reader's Digest Foundation Writer's Award.  In 2001-2002, Halliday lived at the American Academy in Rome as a winner of the Rome Prize of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2006, he won a Guggenheim Fellowship. His books of poetry include "Jab," "Selfwolf," "Tasker Street" and "Little Star."

Mda is an internationally renowned author of fiction and plays. He often draws inspiration for his vivid works from the places around him. His novels include "Melville 67," "She Plays With the Darkness," "Ways of Dying," "The Heart of Redness," "The Madonna Excelsior," "Black Diamond," and "Cion." His plays include "And the Girls in Their Sunday Dresses," "Fools, Bells, and the Habit of Eating," The Plays of Zakes Mda" and "Four Plays." From 2008-2010, his novel "Cion" was selected as the text for the Common Reader at OHIO.

Peckham, a 2009 graduate of OHIO, teaches creative writing, specifically creative nonfiction at Marshall University. There, she was recently awarded the MU Distinguished Artists and Scholars Award for junior faculty. She has won the Briar Cliff Review National Contest in 2006, been a finalist in the Inkwell Poetry competition in 2008, and earned a nomination in nonfiction for the Associated Writing Programs Intro Awards in 2008.

For those who cannot make it, the Program in Creative Writing will be live tweeting the event. You can follow it at @OUEngSpecProg. To find out more about Writers Harvest check out their twitter and Facebook fan page (English Department Special Programs at Ohio University).