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February 2005

Release Date: February 17 , 2005

Numerous Authors to Participate in Kelton Writers Conference Feb. 24-25 at ASU

More than 20 authors, including headliner and award-winning novelist and short-story writer Gordon Weaver, will participate in the Ninth Annual ASU Writers Conference in Honor of Elmer Kelton Thursday and Friday, Feb. 24-25, at Angelo State University.

Weaver will be joined by featured speakers Guida Jackson, the founder of Touchstone Literary Journal, owner of Panther Creek Press and the author of 18 fiction and nonfiction works; Bill Barnes, the author of "The Nonesuch Chronicles," a collection of short stories set in a fictional West Texas town; and Clay Reynolds, the author of a dozen books and more than 800 short publications ranging from poems to reviews and essays. Conference namesake and San Angelo western novelist Elmer Kelton also will speak.

Sessions featuring Weaver will begin at 3:30 p.m. Thursday and at 7 p.m. Friday. Kelton is scheduled to speak at 7 p.m. Thursday. Barnes and Jackson will talk during the conference's opening session at 9:30 a.m. Thursday. Reynolds will speak at 9 a.m. Friday. All events are open free to the public in the C.J. Davidson Conference Center in the Houston Harte University Center.

Other participants will be Gregorio Pedroza, Claudia Teinart, Jill Patterson, Jerry Craven, Ken Hodgson, Laura Madeline Wiseman, Andrew Geyer, Carol Coffee Reposa, Malek Mohammad, Karen Taylor, Betty Holland Wiesepape, Lowell Mick White, Clarence Wolfshohl, Laura Payne Butler, Judy Callarman, Audrey A. Herbich, Jeffrey De Lotto, Steven Schroeder and Betty Shiflett.

Conference headliner Weaver has published four novels and 10 short story collections. His novel "Count a Lonely Cadence" was adapted and produced as the film "Cadence," directed by Martin Sheen in 1991. Weaver is also the author of "The Way We Know in Dreams" and "The Eight Corners of the World." His short stories have earned him multiple awards, including the O. Henry Award. He has received two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships.

Also a poet, Weaver's poetry collection "Small Defeats" was published in 1999. He has edited a long list of publications and given more than 150 invited readings and lectures. His works have appeared in numerous periodicals and anthologies. He is a former English professor, department head and director of Oklahoma State University's graduate program in creative writing.

The conference is hosted by the ASU English Department and sponsored by the university. It is funded in part by College Bookstores of America, the ASU Alumni Center, the College of Liberal and Fine Arts, the English Department, and Guy and Eva Choate. The conference annually brings outstanding writers to campus for interaction with students, faculty and community members. For more information, contact Leigh Harbin at (325) 942-2273, Ext.234.