Eduardo C. Corral's first book of poetry, Slow Lightning (2012), won the Yale Younger Poets Prize, making him the first Latino recipient of the award. Corral has received numerous honors and awards, including the Discovery/The Nation Award, the J. Howard and Barbara M.J. Wood Prize, a Whiting Writers’ Award, and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. A CantoMundo Fellow, he has held the Olive B. O’Connor Fellowship in Creative Writing at Colgate University and was the Philip Roth Resident in Creative Writing at Bucknell University. He lives in New York City.
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A Poetry Slam is a competition in which poets perform their original work. Similar to basketball's March Madness, poets read off against one another with the winner proceeding to the next round. The winner of this slam will receive a $50 gift card. The top three finishers get gift cards and all eight poets will receive a selection of poetry books donated by Final Thursday Press. All UNI students are eligible to read/perform.
The Final Thursday Reading Series will host Timothy Fay, editor of the Wapsipinicon Almanac. Open mic signup is at 7 p.m. and begins at 7:15 p.m. Participants are invited to share five minutes of original poetry, fiction or creative nonfiction. The featured author takes the stage at 8 p.m. followed by a question and answer period as time allows. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by Final Thursday Press; Hearst Center for the Arts; UNI College of Humanities, Arts, and Sciences; and Cup of Joe.
Kate Pullinger, digital and print novelist, will present "Literature Online: How the Internet is Transforming Fiction." She has co-authored the young adult digital novel, Inanimate Alice and was named a 2012 Best Website for Teaching & Learning by the American Association of School Librarians. Her print novel, The Mistress of Nothing, fictionalizes the experience of Sally Naldrett, a Victorian-era lady’s maid who accompanied Lady Duff Gordon to Egypt. It was awarded the 2009 Governor General’s Award. Pullinger is currently a professor of creative writing at Bath Spa University in England.
The Meryl Norton Hearst endowed fund was established in 1988 by a donation to the university by James S. Hearst in honor of his late wife, Meryl Norton Hearst. James S. Hearst, a poet, served as a professor of creative writing at UNI from 1941 to 1975. Sponsored by the Department of Languages & Literatures in the College of Humanities, Arts & Sciences.