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February 2001

Release Date: February 20, 2001

Authors to Participate in Kelton Writing Conference at ASU

Award-winning authors Reginald McKnight, Robert Flynn of San Antonio and San Angelo's own Elmer Kelton will be among the featured speakers at Angelo State University's Fifth Annual Writers Conference in honor of Kelton Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 22-24, on the ASU campus.

Program participants will address the theme of "Cultural Diversity in the Southwest" and give readings from their works. Other featured authors will include Mark Busby, director of the Center for the Study of the Southwest, Southwest Texas State University; author and motivational speaker Gregorio Pedroza; and Jill Patterson, associate professor of creative writing at Texas Tech University.

All sessions will be in Room 100 of the Mathematics-Computer Science Building and are open free to the public. The annual writers conference is hosted by the ASU English Department which jointly sponsors the conference with Angelo State University. The conference is funded in part by the Austin Writer's League in cooperation with the Texas Commission on the Arts. Information is available by contacting Dr. Gloria Duarte in the ASU English Department, 942-2320.

Featured author McKnight is a Professor of English in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Maryland in College Park. He is author of the novel I Get On the Bus and numerous short stories that focus on the experience of black Americans. He has won several awards, including the O'Henry Award, the Drue Heinz Prize, a Pushcart Prize, two Kenyon Review Awards for Literary Excellence and a Special Citation from the PEN/Hemingway Foundation.

The conference program will begin at 9:30 a.m. Thursday with readings by Pedroza and Patterson. Readings by students are scheduled at 11 a.m. and at 1:45 p.m. A panel discussion on Cultural Diversity in Southwest Fiction will follow at 3:15 p.m. and will feature Busby, Flynn, Kelton, Patterson and Pedroza. After the discussion, panel members will sign their books. A Thursday evening session scheduled at 7-8 p.m. with Kelton will conclude the first day's events.

Sessions Friday will begin at 9 a.m. with four readings. At an 11 a.m. panel, Busby will speak and Flynn will provide readings. Afternoon sessions will begin at 2 p.m. with five readings. At 7-8 p.m. McKnight will give a reading. Activities will conclude Saturday with a 9 a.m. special session for ASU graduate students and an 11 a.m. discussion with McKnight. These sessions are also open to the public.