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4x4 Creative Reading Series

November 11, 2012

On Nov.15, at 7:30 p.m. in the  Clara Hatton Gallery the  4x4 Creavite Reading Series will be presenting three writers in the Masters of Fine Arts or MFA program  and one writer in the doctoral program from four front range schools. This event and others by the MFA program act as a cooperative to nurture writing and show those dreaming of writing professionally that there are opportunities for their future.

The three series

The 4x4 Creative Reading Series is one of three series in the MFA program here at CSU. The others include Three Voices which typically presents first year MFA grad students, and a Thesis Reading, which is usually allocated to third year MFA students in their last year.

The 4x4 Creative Reading Series

Mathew Cooperman, a MFA poetry proffesor here at CSU, revived the 4x4 Creative Reading Series and continued the name 4x4. A name that encompases the idea of  four schools, four writers coming together, as well as the outdoorsy aspects of the Front Range. 

The CSU hosted event features our very own, Kaelyn Riley in the MFA program, as well as MFA student Steve Lewis from the University of Colorado, Brenna Lee, a MFA student hailing from Naropa University, and Jesse Morse a doctoral student from University of Denver.

"The great thing about the 4x4 is how it flourishes the writing community," said Riley, who when asked about her piece, shyly responded with "I am still piecing it together."

Ben Findlay, also a graduate student in the MFA program, added that this event is more than just pure readings. "At the 4x4, each writer who presents is introduced by a teacher or friend."

Giving the audience background and depth with a sense of why the piece has taken form and how the writing may relate to the writers own experiences.  Riley will be introduced by Joanna Doxey, who is a third year MFA poetry student here at CSU.  

4x4 opportunities

As the coordinator of visiting writer's events, Riley emphasize that this event and others like it "show undergraduates there is a life as a writer but also a great place for networking."

Event detail:

When: 7:30 -10:00 p.m.Thursday, Nov. 15

Where:  Clara Hatton Gallery, located in the Visual Arts building  

Why: To hear four creative writers, support a Ram, get hope as a writer and network with those in the creative writing field.   

How much: Free!

For more information, contact Ben Findlay.