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October 31, 2017


Cowley Writers Attend Conference


Cowley Writers Attend ConferenceCowley College writers attended the Nimrod Conference for Readers and Writers hosted by Nimrod International Journal of Prose and Poetry in Tulsa, OK, where they also toured the John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Park and Museum before the conference began.

Docent Dewayne Dickens led the tour of the Reconciliation Park that provides a message of hope while telling the history leading up to the 1921 Tulsa Race Riots, as well as documenting those events, the stories, and the survivors.

Writers then attended the Friday Write Night and were able to visit with authors and hear them read their works. Primary authors this year were novelist Laura van den Berg and poet Jericho Brown. At Saturday’s conference, Brown, van den Berg, and several other authors hosted masters’ classes, so participants were able to choose from several different topics of interest to them.

John Hope Franklin Reconciliation ParkIn discussing some of the information he’d learned, Creative Claws president John (J.C.) Pappan said he felt it was even better than last year’s conference because both the novelist and poet were interesting in their presentations and detailed in their advice to writers.

Freshman Hannah Lyles said, “The conference was thrilling. I loved meeting the authors and hearing them read their writings.”

Students attending the conference were Kelsey Boles, Isaac Cervantes, Grayson Gorday, Hannah Lyles, Aimee Morgan J. C. Pappan, and Bronte Young. Faculty members were Marlys Cervantes and Ryan Doom.

Anyone interested in the Creative Writing program at Cowley should contact Marlys Cervantes, Humanities & Communications department chair and director of the Creative Writing program, at or at 620-441-5560.


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