Poetry: Kim Bridgford, West Chester University
Wednesday, July 22, 8:00 pm / University Theater, Western State Student Center
"Women, Poetry, and Entrepreneurship"
Kim Bridgford, the editor of Mezzo Cammin, www.mezzocammin.com, and the founder of The Mezzo Cammin Women Poets Timeline Project, will discuss the launch of the project at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC, its development, and the role and importance of women poets.
Kim Bridgford is the founder and director of Poetry by the Sea: A Global Conference. She is the past director of the West Chester University Poetry Center and the West Chester University Poetry Conference, the largest all-poetry writing conference in the United States. As the editor of Mezzo Cammin, she founded The Mezzo Cammin Women Poets Timeline Project, which was launched at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington in March 2010, and celebrated its first fifty essays at Fordham at Lincoln Center in April 2014. Her collaborative work with the visual artist Jo Yarrington has been honored with a Ucross fellowship. Bridgford is the author of eight books of poetry, including Bully Pulpit, a book of poems on bullying; Epiphanies, a book of religious poems; and the recently released Doll. She wrote the introduction to The Children of Children Keep Coming, by Russell Goings, and joined Goings in ringing the closing bell of the New York Stock Exchange, a week before the first Obama inauguration. She has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Connecticut Post, on NPR and the website of The News Hour with Jim Lehrer, and in various headline news outlets. RecentlyThe Rotary Dial devoted an issue to her work: America’s First Lady of Form.
Genre Fiction: Michael A. Black
Thursday, July 23, 1 pm / Location TBA.
"Staying Ahead of the Curve"
Former police officer turned writer, Michael A. Black, will talk about the differences between the fictionalized versions of crime on CSI and the cold, hard reality of getting up close and personal with an actual dead body. Black, the author of twenty-four books and over one-hundred short stories and articles, will also talk about the problems of depicting crime and current events in genre writing.
Publishing: Caleb J. Seeling, Director of Certificate in Publishing at Western; Publisher / Editor, Samizdat Publishing Group
Friday, July 24, 1 pm / Location TBA.
"Publishing the Literary West"
The publishing industry has undergone tremendous change in the past six years. The failure of age-old publishing practices has caused the mega-media conglomerates to consolidate, while, defying predictions and the odds, scrappy small presses have been growing in number and notoriety. As more and more big-box bookstores have been forced to shutter their doors, small independent bookstores have been opening them, selling a lot of coffee and wine, and staying open. E-books have not killed print and, to everyone’s surprise, self-publishing has become a viable and respectable option. It’s a brave new world out there, full of noise and opportunity. How can we as writers and small presses of the American West help each other find our niche and thrive?
Screenwriting: Ted White
Saturday, July 25, 1 pm / University Theater
“Can Studios Afford to Make Your Screenplay?”
Although Ted White’s illustrious public career has been as stunt man, double and stunt coordinator, the movie industry has turned to him countless times to serve as not only second-unit director but also script analyst, asking him, “Can we afford to make this movie?” Ted will share criteria – and war stories – about what can kill your scripts before and during development.