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Writers Harvest reading for hunger relief is Oct. 26

ATHENS, Ohio (Oct. 23, 2006) -- The Ohio University Program in Creative Writing will host its annual Writers Harvest benefit reading on Thursday, Oct. 26, at ARTS/West at 7:30 pm. Proceeds will go to the Southeastern Ohio Food Bank?s Second Harvest.

This year?s featured local writers are nonfiction writer Carla Harryman, poet Gwen Hart and fiction writer Kevin Haworth.  The event will also feature a sneak preview of New Ohio Review (NOR,) the university?s new flagship literary journal.

The Southeastern Ohio Food Bank distributes food to over 200 food pantries, soup kitchens, and congregate meal sites.  With poverty rates high in southeastern Ohio, the food bank is a vital source of support in Athens County and neighboring counties.

The fall benefit has been a tradition at Ohio University for more than a decade. Notable for this year is the change of venue.  Because the event benefits the larger Athens community, it has been moved to ARTS/West on 132 W. State Street. 

ARTS/West is a new community performing arts facility with roots in the Athens westside neighborhood.  It is walking distance from campus and parking is available as well.

Carla Harryman is the author of twelve books of poetry, prose plays, and essays, including two experimental novels, ?Gardener of Stars? (2001) and ?The Words: after Carl Sandburg?s Rootabaga Stories and Jean-Paul Sartre? (1999).  She is a senior lecturer at Wayne State University and is serving this quarter as a visiting faculty member at Ohio University.

Gwen Hart is the author of two chapbooks, and her full-length poetry collection, ?Lost and Found,? was published this year by David Robert Books. Her poem ?Ex-Boyfriends in Heaven? was featured on Garrison Keillor?s Writer?s Almanac in July.

Kevin Haworth is the author of the novel ?The Discontinuity of Small Things,? which won the 2006 Samuel Goldberg Prize for best work of fiction by a Jewish writer under 40.  He teaches in the English Department and serves as the department?s coordinator for special programs.

Tickets for the Writers Harvest can be purchased for $3 at the door of ARTS/West 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 c/o Hocking.Athens.Perry Community Action, PO Box 340, Athens, OH, 45701.

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