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MTSU welcomes audiences to fall ‘In Process’ creat...

MTSU welcomes audiences to fall ‘In Process’ creative writing series

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In Process,” MTSU’s creative writing event series, has scheduled a fall semester full of weekly opportunities as bright as autumn leaves for audiences eager to hear from established authors.

Dept of English logo webThe series, which launched Sept. 2 with poet and fiction writer Fred Arroyo, an assistant professor in the MTSU Department of English, comprises nine free weekly events to be held at 4:30 p.m. in the MT Center inside MTSU’s Ingram Building, 2269 Middle Tennessee Blvd.

Guests must follow MTSU’s mask and other health safety requirements.

This fall’s In Process schedule includes:

• Sept. 9 — Award-winning Nashville poet Ciona Rouse in collaboration with MTSU Write, the English department’s non-degree writing program.

• Sept. 16 — Young adult fiction writer Candie Moonshower, a senior instructor of English at MTSU.

• Sept. 23 — “Imbroglio,” a staged reading of a full-length play in progress, written by New York- and Minnesota-based playwright, actor and director Melissa Maxwell and directed by Alicia Haymer, a Nashville actor, writer and director.

• Sept. 30 — Special event for National Hispanic Heritage Month, hosted by Arroyo: novelist, translator and poet Pablo Medina.

• Oct. 7 — Open Mic and Cafe event, Open Mic and Cafe event, hosted by Arroyo.

• Oct. 14 — Fiction writer and University of Colorado Denver instructor Alexander Lumans, hosted by MTSU English professor Amie Whittemore in collaboration with MTSU Write.

• Oct. 21 — Poet, translator, journalist and photographer Osama Esber, hosted by Allen Hibbard, a professor of English and director of the MTSU Middle East Center.

• Nov. 4 — Scenes from “Bend,” a staged reading of a play in progress written by Nashville playwright Mary Donnet Johnson and directed by MTSU theatre major Gavin Strawnato in collaboration with MTSU Write.

• Nov. 11 — Open Mic and Cafe event, hosted by Arroyo.

• Nov. 18 — Poet and travel writer Heather Hartley, hosted by Cheryl Torsney, MTSU vice provost for faculty affairs.

promotional image for the fall 2021 semester of "In Process," MTSU’s creative writing event series, with the university wordmark and the In Process graphic in the center, surrounded by the scheduled guests and hosts. On the top row from left are MTSU professor, poet and fiction writer Dr. Fred Arroyo; Nashville poet Ciona Rouse; YA fiction writer and MTSU English instructor Candie Moonshower; playwright, actor and director Melissa Maxwell; actor, writer and director Alicia Haymer; fiction writer and University of Colorado Denver instructor Alexander Lumans; and MTSU English professor Amie Whittemore. On the bottom row from left are novelist, translator and poet Pablo Medina; Poet, translator, journalist and photographer Osama Esber; Dr. Allen Hibbard, a professor of English and director of the MTSU Middle East Center; Nashville playwright Mary Donnet Johnson; MTSU theatre major Gavin Strawnato; poet and travel writer Heather Hartley; and Dr. Cheryl Torsney, MTSU vice provost for faculty affairs.

This image for the fall 2021 semester of “In Process,” MTSU’s creative writing event series, showcases the scheduled guests and hosts. On the top row from left are MTSU professor, poet and fiction writer Dr. Fred Arroyo; Nashville poet Ciona Rouse; YA fiction writer and MTSU English instructor Candie Moonshower; playwright, actor and director Melissa Maxwell; actor, writer and director Alicia Haymer; fiction writer and University of Colorado Denver instructor Alexander Lumans; and MTSU English professor Amie Whittemore. On the bottom row from left are novelist, translator and poet Pablo Medina; poet, translator, journalist and photographer Osama Esber; Dr. Allen Hibbard, a professor of English and director of the MTSU Middle East Center; Nashville playwright Mary Donnet Johnson; MTSU theatre major Gavin Strawnato; poet and travel writer Heather Hartley; and Dr. Cheryl Torsney, MTSU vice provost for faculty affairs.

No In Process event will be held Oct. 28.

A campus map is available here. Attendees can park in the Ingram Lots without MTSU passes or permits after 4:30 p.m.

More details about each of the fall 2021 In Process guests are available at the series blog. MTSU’s Philips Bookstore will have several of the writers’ published works available for sale at this fall’s events.

Dr. Claudia Barnett, Department of English

Dr. Claudia Barnett

Students can earn credit for attending and writing about the series if they’re enrolled in this fall’s English 3635 or English 3635-Honors courses.

More information on the In Process creative writing series is available at the series blog and by emailing program coordinator and English professor Claudia Barnett at claudia.barnett@mtsu.edu.

In Process and the Department of English are part of MTSU’s College of Liberal Arts.

For more information about the College of Liberal Arts at MTSU, visit www.mtsu.edu/liberalarts.

— Gina E. Fann (gina.fann@mtsu.e


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