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Writers Reading @ AACC

Writers Reading @ AACC is a program that hosts a wide array of writers: poets, fiction writers, essayists, songwriters, memoirists, playwrights, journalists, and screenplay writers.

February 11, 2016: Poet –John Gery in HUM 112, 2:00-3:15

March 24, 2016: Memoirist & Poet and Essayist—Virginia Bell in HUM 112, 2:00-3:15

April 21, 2016: Fiction Writer-- Michael Downs in HUM 112, 2:00-3:15

All events, are held on the Arnold Campus in HUMANITIES 112 from 2:00pm to 3:15pm.

Writers Reading encourages students, faculty, staff and community to attend.

The readings are sponsored by the AACC Student Association, are free and open to the public and include book sales and signings.

For more information, contact Professor Susan Cohen at sacohen3@aacc.edu 

Writers Reading Poster
Writers Reading @ AACC Spring 2016


Spring 2016 Schedule 

  February 11—Poet John Gery 

John Gery has been a professor at the University of New Orleans since 1979.  His collection of poems, The Enemies of Leisure, received a Critic's Choice Award from the San Francisco Review of Books and was named a Best Book of 1995 in poetry by Publisher's Weekly. His poems have been translated into Serbian, Chinese, Romanian, and Bengali. His books include: Have at You Now!; A Gallery of Ghosts; Davenport's Version (;American Ghost/Americki Duh;For the House of Torkom: Armenian prose poems of Hmayyag Shems ;The Enemies of Leisure;Three Poems;The Burning of New Orleans;Charlemagne: A Song of Gestures.

  March  24—Poet Virgina Bell 

Virginia Bell is an activist, bilingual poet and essayist.  She is also a Senior Editor with RHINO Poetry and an adjunct professor at Loyola University Chicago, where she teaches courses on Women in Literature, Early American Literature, and Nationalism and Literature. Her poems have been published in numerous journals and anthologies, and are forthcoming in Spoon River Poetry Review. Throughout 2013, her poems will were featured on WGLT’s Poetry Radio. 

April 21– Novelist Michael Downs 

Born in Hartford, Connecticut, Michael Downs won third-place in an all-comers writing contest at Naubuc Elementary School for his story "The Day the World Went Poof." Encouraged, he's kept writing--from homemade comic books for friends to newspaper reports on college basketball games to reviews of restaurants that serve too much fried food. His books include HOUSE OF GOOD HOPE: A PROMISE FOR A BROKEN CITY, which won the River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Prize, and THE GREATEST SHOW, a story collection (LSU Press, 2012). He has won literary fiction fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Maryland State Arts Council, and he has published stories in the Best American Mystery Stories series (2001, 2002).