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February 2002

Release Date: February 14, 2002

Readings, Talks by 26 Writers to Highlight Kelton Conference Feb. 21-23 at ASU

Twenty-six authors, headlined by Gates of the Alamo novelist Stephen Harrigan and conference namesake Elmer Kelton, will participate in Angelo State University's Sixth Annual Writers Conference Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 21-23, on campus.

Joining Harrigan on the program as featured authors will be Ewing Campbell, Carol Coffee Reposa, Larry Thomas, James Hannah and San Angelo's own Kelton. The program will begin at 9:30 a.m. Thursday. All sessions will meet in Room 100 of the Math-Computer Science Building at 2200 Dena Drive on the ASU campus. All sessions are open free to the public.

The conference showcases novelists and authors of quality short fiction, poetry and essays from throughout the nation and provides an opportunity for them to share their work and their methods with students and other writers.

Opening speakers will be Hannah and Thomas. The 11 a.m. session will feature LaVerne Harrell Clark, Shelley Armitage, Cheryl Clements and Jacqueline McLean. Sessions will resume at 1:45 p.m. with presentations by Ginger Knowlton, Jimmy Phillips and Paul Ruffin and at 3 p.m. with readings by John Yozzo, L.D. Clark, Steven Schroeder and Andrew Geyer.

A highlight of each conference is "An Evening with Elmer Kelton." Kelton will conclude Thursday's activities with a 7 p.m. talk to be followed by a reception and book signing. He is a six-time winner of the Spur Award. He has earned four Western Heritage Awards from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame and in 1995 was named the greatest Western author of all time by the Western Writers of America. His latest book is Way of the Coyote.

Friday's program will begin with featured speakers Ewing Campbell at 9 a.m. and Carol Coffee Reposa at 10 a.m. A panel at 11 a.m. will feature readings by Chad Davidson, Sherry Craven, Terri M. Tucker and Mark Busby. Sessions will resume at 1:45 p.m. with readings by John Poch, Clarence Wolfshohl, David LeMaster and Ken Hada.

"An Evening with Stephen Harrigan" is scheduled at 7 p.m. and will be followed by a reception and book signing at 8 p.m. Harrigan will read from his work and entertain questions. Harrigan's Gates of the Alamo received a Spur Award last year as best novel of the west by Western Writers of America. He is a longtime writer for Texas Monthly and many other magazines as well as the author of two other novels, Aransas and Jacob's Well.

Saturday's program will begin at 9 a.m. with readings by Betty Shiflett, Jerry Craven and Doris Miller. The program will conclude with an 11 a.m. public question-and-answer session with Harrigan.

For more information, please contact Dr. John Wegner, Assistant Professor of English, at 942-2281, ext. 223.