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Annual Writers Harvest benefit reading supports local food bank

Oct. 20, 2005
By Breana Krotz

The Ohio University Program in Creative Writing will host its annual Writers Harvest benefit reading on Thursday, Oct. 27, in the Irvine Auditorium. Proceeds will go to the Southeastern Ohio Food Bank's Second Harvest.

This year's featured local writers are poet David Sanders, fiction writer Roger Hart and nonfiction writer Catherine Taylor.

The Southeastern Ohio Food Bank's Second Harvest is a food distribution program serving eight counties in the surrounding area, including Athens County. Food supplies have been exceptionally low this year with a growing need across the area.

"This year has been very trying on us. In the past five months, I've had six local pantries close because our inventory is so low," said Marilyn Sloan, Food Bank Coordinator for Second Harvest of Southeastern Ohio Food Bank. "So many people who once were supporters of the food bank are now finding themselves unable to give."

According to Sloan, food donations are down 40 percent. Last year the food bank distributed 12,345,000 pounds of food, a record high for the organization.

The fall benefit has been a tradition at Ohio University for nearly a decade. The program began as part of a national event hosted by Share Our Strength, a non-profit organization. Although Share Our Strength no longer coordinates the literary event, Ohio University decided to carry on the tradition.

David Sanders has been the director of the Ohio University Press and Swallow Press since 1996. His work has been published in a variety of journals including The Hudson Review, Kansas Quarterly and The Southern Review. Sanders's collection includes two published chapbooks, "Time in Transit" and "Nearer to Town."

Roger Hart's stories and essays have appeared in magazines and anthologies such as The Sun, Inkwell and Natural Bridge. He is the recipient of an Ohio Individual Artist Fellowship awarded by the Ohio Arts Council. Additionally, his short story "Fireflies" won the 2005 Third Coast Fiction Contest.

Ohio University creative writing professor Catherine Taylor has published a variety of works, including "Giving Birth: a Journey into the World of Mothers and Midwives." Taylor has had magazine articles and book reviews appear in Premiere, Rolling Stone and New York Woman.

Tickets for the Writers Harvest can be purchased for $3 at the door of Irvine Auditorium beginning at 7 p.m. A book signing and reception will follow the event.

If you are interested in supporting Writers Harvest but are unable to attend the reading, monetary donations can be made directly to the Food Bank of Southeastern Ohio. Checks payable to Second Harvest Food Bank of Southeastern Ohio can be sent to: 1005 CIC Dr., Logan, OH 43138.

For more information about the Southeastern Ohio Food Bank's Second Harvest, please visit www.seorfc.com/. For more information about Writers Harvest, contact Ohio University's Special Programs Office at (740) 593-4181.

Breana Krotz is a student writer with University Communications and Marketing.

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Published: Oct 20, 2005 1:41:28 PM
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