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UW MFA Professors to Lead Community Writing Workshop

April 22, 2014

University of Wyoming Professors and MFA Creative Writing Faculty, H.L. Hix and Kate Northrop, will lead an evening writing workshop at the Laramie County Public Library in Cheyenne, Wyoming on May 6th, 2014. The workshop is titled “Let’s Talk Texture:  Poems that Glitter, Teem, Grow Pale, or Flash and maybe Itch then Irritate” and will give aspiring and experienced writers a chance to explore the texture of poems—as opposed to the usual tropes, that poets “use images, be specific, be concise, make music.” Participants will be invited to take part in a lively discussion and to complete a writing exercise. As a fun exercise, participants will be encouraged to paint their finished poems on windows around the library.  All community members are invited to join.

Professor H.L. Hix was the first director of the University’s MFA program and now teaches in the Philosophy Department as well the MFA. He is the author of twenty-six books, including collections of essay, criticism, theory and poetry, of which Chromatic was a finalist for the National Book Award. His collected poems, First Fire, Then Birds: Obsessionals 1985-2010 was published in 2010. His most recent collection is As Much As, If Not More Than (Etruscan Press 2014).

Professor Kate Northrop has been teaching at the University since 2006. She is the author of three collections of poetry: Clean (2011), Things are Disappearing Here (2007), a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice and a finalist for the Academy of American Poets’ James Laughlin Award, and Back Through Interruption (2002), which won Kent State University Press’s Stan & Tom Wick Poetry Prize. Earlier this year she received the prestigious Jeannette Haien Ballard Writer's Prize, an annual award for a young writer of proven excellence in poetry or prose.

For more information, contact Robin Papaleka, Adult Programming Coordinator, Laramie County Library System: 307-634-3561, Or The MFA Program at the University of Wyoming by (307) 766-6453 or online at

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