F296. Tapping the Untapped: Building a Vibrant Reading Series for Authors & Audiences

B115, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Friday, March 29, 2019
4:15 pm to 5:45 pm


Community colleges build bridges between writers and their audiences and introduce under-served communities to diverse literature. Five community college faculty interrogate the traditional reading series, explore equity considerations, and examine event funding challenges. For writers, we will share tips about compensation, book sales, and ways to attract (or lose) invitations within this often-untapped market.



Marianne Taylor is a prize-winning poet whose manuscript, Salt Water, Iowa, has been a finalist in prestigious contests. Her work appears widely in national journals and anthologies; she also writes and directs plays and teaches creative writing and literature at Kirkwood Community College, Iowa.

Susan Achziger has been at the Community College of Aurora since 1995. Since the Senate declared the National Day on Writing in 2009, she spearheaded an event to recognize this day each year with an event focused on writing and writers.

Mary Lannon, an associate professor at Nassau Community College, has stories published at Story and New World Writing. She seeks a publishing home for her first novel with the impossibly long title of An Explanation of the Fundamentals of the Derivation of Dilapidated Brown Station Wagon Theory.

Jo Scott-Coe is an associate professor of English at Riverside City College and co-advisory editor of RCC Muse. Her essays have appeared most recently in Tahoma Literary Review, American Studies Journal, Talking Writing, and Catapult. Her second book is Mass: A Sniper, a Father, and a Priest.

Paige Riehl is the author of Suspension (poetry collection), and Blood Ties (poetry chapbook). She is the poetry editor for Midway Journal, a volunteer mentor with the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop, and English faculty at Anoka-Ramsey Community College.


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