Annual Writing Conference to Take Place
March 31, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – The fifth annual Tongue and Ink Undergraduate Writing Conference
will take place on Friday, April 3 and Saturday, April 4 at Illinois Wesleyan University.
Co-sponsored by Illinois Wesleyan University’s creative arts journal, Tributaries, and Illinois State University’s creative arts journal, Euphemism, the event will feature keynote readings and master classes given by fiction writer
Alex Shakar and poet Simone Muench, a variety of sessions and workshops, student readings
and a performance by Sean Patrick Conlon.
All conference events are free and open to the public. Registration information
is available at http://www.english.ilstu.edu/euphemism/tongueinkreg.htm. A registration and check-in table will be in the Hansen Student Center (300 E. Beecher
St., Bloomington) from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday.
The conference events will begin at 4 p.m. on Friday in Hansen with a reading by
Shakar, whose novel, The Savage Girl, was selected as a New York Times Notable Book and a Booksense 76 Pick. His story collection, City in Love, was selected as an Independent Presses Editors Pick of the Year. A native of Brooklyn,
N.Y., he currently teaches fiction at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne.
Shakar will hold a master class at 5:15 p.m. on Friday in Hansen.
At 8:30 p.m. in Hansen, there will be a poetry slam and performance by Sean Patrick
Conlon, founder of the first nationally certified spoken word venue based on a college
campus. As a competitor at the 2008 College Union Poetry Slam Invitational and the
2008 National Poetry Slam, Conlon was the first person asked to read an opening poem
on the final night of competition for both tournaments in a single year. He is the
author of The Pornography Diaries and a companion CD featuring both music and poetry, has released five chapbooks in
the last year, and has two more chapbooks forthcoming.
Saturday’s events will start at 9 a.m. with a master class given by Muench in the
Davidson Room of the Memorial Center (104 E. University St., Bloomington). Muench
is the author of The Air Lost in Breathing, Lampblack & Ash and Orange Crush (forthcoming). Her latest chapbooks are Orange Girl and Sonoluminescence, written with Bill Allegrezza. The recipient of an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship,
Muench received her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and is director
of the Writing Program at Lewis University where she teaches creative writing and
film studies. She will also give a reading at 4:30 p.m. in Hansen.
Rounding out Saturday afternoon will be workshops, sessions and panel discussions,
all of which will be held in the Memorial Center between 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tongue
and Ink events will conclude at 7 p.m. on Saturday in Hansen with the release of the
Spring 2009 issue of Tributaries and student readings from those published in Tributaries, Euphemism, and Tongue and Ink’s online publication.
For additional information about or to register for Tongue and Ink, visit http://www.english.ilstu.edu/euphemism/tongueinkreg.htm. Questions may also be directed to Tributaries Co-Editors Leila Whitley or Jessica
Block at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact: Jessica Block ‘09, (309) 556-3181