Annual UNA Writers Series To Be Held March 15 and 16

Feb. 5, 2010

FLORENCE, Ala. – The University of North Alabama will host three nationally known writers for its annual Writers Series March 15 and 16. The event is free and open to the public.

The 2010 Writers Series will kick off at 7 p.m. March 15 in the GUC Performance Center with a reading by Lorraine Lopez. Lopez is the author of “Call Me Henri,” a book for young adults, and “Homicide Survivors Picnic,” a collection of short stories. A native of New Mexico, she teaches in the creative writing program at Vanderbilt University in Nashville.

Dr. Jim Murphy, of the University of Montevallo, will kick off the March 16 activities with a poetry reading at 10 a.m. in the GUC Banquet Hall A. Murphy is the author of “Heaven Overland,” a collection of poetry.

The series will wrap up with a reading by Dr. Michael Knight, director of the creative writing program at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. His reading will begin at 11 a.m. March 16 in the GUC Banquet Hall A. Knight, a native of Mobile, won the 1996 Playboy College Fiction Contest and the New Writing Award for Fiction from the Fellowship of Southern Writers in 1999. His books include “Dogfight and Other Stories,” “Divining Rod,” “Goodnight,” “Nobody” and “The Holiday Season.”

For more information on the 2010 UNA Writers Series, contact Pam Kingsbury of the UNA English department at 256-765-4890 or