Talking River to hold fundraiser and reading night on Friday
Talking River, the Lewis-Clark State College literary journal, is holding a “Meet Talking River” night on Friday, Jan. 25, at 7 p.m. at the LCSC Center for Arts and History, located at 415 Main, St. in Lewiston.
This event, which features readings by students and faculty from Talking River journal, will be a silent-auction fundraiser to benefit Talking River and its efforts to send six Publishing Arts students to the Associated Writing Program Conference in New York City.
Students attending the conference are Krystal Werre, Kaitlin Cushman, Bethany Koehler, Shelly DeAtley, Kyle King, and Julie Kvern. The Director of the Publishing Arts Program and faculty advisor to Talking River is Mark Sanders.
Friday’s silent-auction will start at 7 p.m. and conclude no later than 8:30 p.m. Items up for auction include a down jacket, a computer desk, a lamp, a sewing machine, gym memberships, bowling certificates, restaurant certificates, and autographed books, among other items. Refreshments will be available, and the event is open and free to the public.
The AWP Conference is an annual event, but this is the first year LCSC students will attend. What makes this conference so special to the students and to LCSC is that the students are holding a Talking River Publications book exhibit at the AWP book fair. This year’s conference is sold out and more than 7,000 attendees will be on hand for the event which runs Jan. 29-Feb. 2.
The conference will allow the students to attend symposiums and panels devoted to creative writing and publishing topics, provide them with the opportunity to discuss career opportunities in publishing, and to hear readings of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry by many of the country’s most important and famous writers, including the recent Pulitzer Prize winner Natasha Tretheway and esteemed novelist John Irving.
Not only is the New York trip a unique experience for the six students, Talking River Publications and the Publishing Arts Program is a rare opportunity for LCSC students. First, Talking River is produced entirely by undergraduate students, who not only select the work that goes into the journal but also perform all the production and design activities of the publication. Second, Talking River is a national journal, featuring writers new and established from around the country and from overseas. It is one of the few national journals produced exclusively by undergraduate students. Additionally, the Publishing Arts Program at LCSC is one of the few in the United States.