Writers Harvest poster

The Writers Harvest poster.

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Writers Harvest calls attention to hunger in regional community

Local writers to give readings


The Program in Creative Writing will host its annual Writers Harvest benefit reading at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6, in the Baker University Center Theatre. Proceeds from the $5 admission fee will benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank of Southeastern Ohio. The benefit is part of a nation’s largest reading series working to help fight hunger.

This year's featured writers are Ohio University faculty members Eric LeMay and Darrell Spencer and writer Christina Veladota. The event aims to bring awareness to the issue of poverty in southeast Ohio.

“The University has its roots sunk in the same soil as the community, and we all struggle and thrive together,” LeMay said. “When we come together, we can celebrate and cultivate our common ground.”

The Second Harvest Food Bank of Southeastern Ohio is one of 196 regional affiliates of Feeding America, formerly America's Second Harvest. It distributes surplus food, donated from manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers, to more than 200 food pantries, soup kitchens and congregate meal sites throughout Athens, Hocking, Perry, Vinton, Jackson, Gallia, Meigs, Morgan and Washington counties. Donations will be accepted at various locations throughout the week.   

“The Second Harvest Food Bank does vital work for the people of southeast Ohio, and I feel honored to participate in an event that supports and calls attention to their work,” LeMay said.

An award-winning instructor, LeMay currently teaches writing at Ohio University and serves as web editor for “Alimentum: The Literature of Food.” He received an master’s of fine arts in writing from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in English literature from Northwestern University. His work has appeared in “The Nation,” “The Harvard Review,” “The Paris Review,” “Gastronomica” and “Poetry Daily.”

Veladota's poetry has appeared in a variety of literary journals, including “The Laurel Review,” “Mid-American Review,” “The Journal and Lake Effect.” She is a 2003 recipient of an Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist grant, and her chapbook “The Girl & Her Lions” was released this past February. She currently serves as assistant professor of English at Washington State Community College in Marietta, Ohio.

Spencer has published five works of fiction including the short story collections “A Woman Packing a Pistol,” “Our Secret's Out,” “Caution: Men in Trees” and “Bring Your Legs with You” and the novel “One Mile Past Dangerous Curve.” He has been awarded the Drue Heinz Literature Prize and the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction. Spencer is the Stocker Professor in Creative Writing at Ohio University.