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October 15, 2013

Writers Harvest supports local food bank

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Writers Harvest, the Purdue University Creative Writing Program's annual benefit reading, will be 7:30 p.m. Nov. 21 at the Wells Center, 638 North Street in Lafayette.

Voluntary donations of five canned goods or $8 for the general public and $5 for students are requested for this event. All proceeds will go directly to Food Finders Food Bank. This year's event will feature readings from Purdue creative writing faculty, including poets Marianne Boruch and Mary Leader and fiction writers Chinelo Okparanta and Sharon Solwitz.

Food Finders Food Bank annually distributes three million pounds of food and dry goods to 175 nonprofit agencies in 18 Indiana counties, reaching thousands of hungry Hoosiers and their families. Donating to Food Finders allows contributions to be shared equally among all agencies and their clients.

Boruch, professor of English, has written eight books of poetry, most recently "The Book of Hours." She has also written essay collections and a memoir, "The Glimpse Traveler." Her poems have been published in the New Yorker, the Paris Review, the Georgia Review, New England Review, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, and in 2013 she won the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award.

Leader, professor of English, is the author of three books of poetry, most recently "Beyond the Fire." Her collection, "The Penultimate Suitor," won the 2000 Iowa Poetry Prize. Her poems have been published in the Beloit Poetry Journal, American Poetry Review, Southern Review, and other journals.

Okparanta, a visiting assistant professor of English, is the author of the short-story collection "Happiness Like Water." Her stories have been published in Conjunctions, Granta, Subtropics, and elsewhere. Okparanta was named one of Granta's six New Voices for 2012, and her story "America" was short-listed for the Caine Prize for African Writing.

Solwitz, an associate professor of English, is the author of a short-story collection, "Blood and Milk," and a novel, "Bloody Mary." Her short fiction has been published in Ploughshares, the Chicago Tribune, and elsewhere. Her story "Alive" was included in "The Best American Short Stories 2012."  

Contact: Michael Campbell, assistant director of the Creative Writing Program, campbe98@purdue.edu  

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