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Spring Writing Event Hosts Three Distinguished Authors

Spring Writing Event Hosts Three Distinguished Authors

The Creative Writing program at Creighton University will open its classroom doors March 19 - 20, to the public as three critically acclaimed writers come to Creighton to celebrate the fourth annual "Writes of Spring."

Distinguished writers David Jauss, Erin Belieu, and Michael Catherwood will visit creative writing classes, read from their work, and answer questions about the writing life. All events are free and open to the public.

This two-day event will take over all creative writing classes on Monday and Tuesday, March 19-20, turning each class meeting into a program open to the entire Creighton community and to the public. Visiting writers will conduct workshops, answer questions, and discuss the writing life. In addition, on both Monday and Tuesday evening, a public reading and reception will provide an opportunity to meet with all three writers and hear them read from their work. The “Writes of Spring” will also feature readings by Creighton student writers and the creative writing faculty.

The Visiting Writers
Poet Erin Belieu (Black Box, One Above and One Below, and Infanta). An Omaha native, Belieu is on the writing faculty at Florida State University. All True has called her new collection, Black Box, “a raw, intense book, fueled by a devastating infidelity… Propelled by a blistering and clarifying rage, she composed at fever pitch and produced riveting, unforgettable poems.”

Poet and fiction writer David Jauss (You Are Not Here, Improvising Rivers, and Black Maps) has been awarded the Associated Writing Programs Award for Short Fiction, the Fleur-de-Lis Poetry Prize, a James Michener Fellowship, and an NEA Fellowship. His stories have been reprinted in Best American Short Stories, the O. Henry Award, and Pushcart Prize anthologies.

Working-class poet Michael Catherwood (Dare) has won an Intro Award in Poetry from AWP, the Holt Prize in Poetry, the Lily Peter Fellowship from the University of Arkansas, and was a finalist for the Pig Iron Press Poetry Book Award. Writes of Spring participants will get to ask questions and share ideas with these authors. They will provide insight into the writing process as well as tips on how to persist and succeed as writers.

Schedule and More Information
All events are open to the public and free of cost, thanks to the generosity of Creighton’s College of Arts and Sciences. Please see the attached schedule for photo opportunities. A complete schedule of events and information about the four visiting writers are available at

University visitors are encouraged to use the visitor parking lot located at 24th and California Street with the entrance at 24th and Cass Streets. A lot attendant is on duty during normal business hours to provide assistance.

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