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January 2005

Release Date: January 25, 2005

Novelist/Short Story Writer to Speak at Kelton Writers Conference Feb. 24-25 at ASU

Award-winning novelist, short story writer and poet Gordon Weaver will headline the Ninth Annual ASU Writers Conference in Honor of Elmer Kelton Feb. 24-25 at Angelo State University.

Weaver will be joined by featured speakers Guida Jackson, Bill Barnes and Clay Reynolds as well as conference namesake and San Angelo western novelist Elmer Kelton. More than 20 other writers will participate in the program. All events are open free to the public. All lectures and readings will be in the C.J. Davidson Conference Center in the Houston Harte University Center.

Sessions featuring Weaver will begin at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, and at 7 p.m. Friday Feb. 25. Kelton is scheduled to speak at 7 p.m. Feb. 24. Barnes and Jackson will talk during the conference's opening session at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 24. Reynolds will speak at 9 a.m. Feb. 25.

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.

Jackson is the founder of Touchstone Literary Journal, the owner of Panther Creek Press and the author of 18 books of fiction and nonfiction. Barnes has been published in a variety of publications and anthologies and is the author of The Nonesuch Chronicles, a collection of short stories set in a fictional West Texas town. Reynolds is the author of a dozen books and more than 800 short publications ranging from poems to reviews and essays.

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.

In addition to honoring Kelton, the conference celebrates literature by bringing outstanding writers to campus for interaction with students, faculty and community members. For more information, contact Leigh Harbin at (325) 942-2273, Ext.234.