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Thursday, May 06, 2010

RopeWalk Writers Retreat will include free readings, receptions, and craft lectures

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The University of Southern Indiana will hold its annual RopeWalk Writers Retreat June 13-19 in New Harmony, Indiana. The event will allow participants to attend workshops and confer privately with one of four prominent writers.

The retreat will also include free public readings, receptions, and craft lectures by the distinguished 2010 RopeWalk Faculty, which includes Kim Addonizio, Kim Barnes, Joe Meno, Robert Wrigley and special guest reader Holly Goddard Jones.

Readings and receptions will be held in the Atheneum/Visitors Center at 401 N. Arthur Street. Craft lectures will be held at the Barn Abbey located at 810 N. Street.

The schedule includes:

Sunday, June 13
Reading by Robert Wrigley, 6 p.m. Reception to follow.

Wrigley has published seven books of poetry including Reign of Snakes, Lives of Animals, and Earthly Meditations: New and Selected Poems. He is the winner of several awards, including the J. Howard and Barbara M. J. Wood Prize, the Frederick Bock Awards from Poetry magazine, and four Pushcart Prizes.

Monday, June 14
Reading by Joe Meno, 7 p.m. Reception to follow.

Meno is a novelist, writer of short fiction, playwright, and music journalist. At the age of 24, his first novel, Tender as Hellfire, was published and received strong reviews. He is a frequent contributor to Punk Planet magazine where his comic strip, Iceberg Town, is featured.

Tuesday, June 15
Craft lecture by Kim Addonizio, 10 a.m.

Addonizio is the author of five poetry collections including Tell Me, a National Book Award finalist. She is the recipient of several awards, including two fellowship awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the John Ciardi Lifetime Achievement Award.

Craft lecture by Robert Wrigley, 1 p.m.

Reading by Kim Barnes, 7 p.m. Reception to follow.

Barnes is the author of two memoirs and two novels, including A Country Called Home that was named a best book of 2008 by The Washington Post, The Kansas City Star, and the Oregonian. She is the recipient of the PEN/Jerard Award for an emerging woman writer of nonfiction.

Wednesday, June 16
Reading by special guest Holly Goddard Jones, 7 p.m. Reception to follow.

Goddard Jones was born and raised in western Kentucky and provides the setting of her writing. Her short stories have appeared in several publications, including The Kenyon Review, The Southern Review, and The Gettysburg Review. She was honored with a Peter Taylor Scholarship at the Sewanee Writers Conference in 2006 and was a 2007 winner of the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer's Award.

Thursday, June 17
Craft lecture by Kim Barnes, 9:30 a.m.

Craft lecture by Joe Meno, 10:30 a.m.

Friday, June 18
Reading by Kim Addonizio, 6 p.m. 7:30 p.m. A closing dinner/reception will follow (reservations and tickets required, call 812/464-1989 for pricing).

RopeWalk Writers Retreat is a program of the University of Southern Indiana and has been assisted by grants from Mrs. Ruth Lilly, Susan R. Enlow, the Indiana Arts Commission, Mrs. Jane Owen and the Robert Lee Blaffer Foundation, the Witter-Bynner Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the USI Society for Arts and Humanities.

Additional information on the RopeWalk Writers Retreat can be found online at or by contacting USI Extended Services at 812/464-1989.

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