PWS April 28th, 2016

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Spring 2016 Plains Writers Series and Lucky 13 Fiction Slam

Wayne State College’s Language and Literature Department, the School of Art and Humanities and the WSC Press are pleased to hold this spring’s Plains Writers Series on Thursday, April 28, 2016. The Plains Writers Series is held several times a year in an attempt to bring attention to the prose and poetry of local Great Plains writers through reading and interacting with area audiences.

This spring’s Plains Writers Series will highlight two authors, Catherine Texier and Kelly Weber. The authors will share selected pieces of their recent works in the second floor lounge in the Humanities Building at Wayne State College at 2:00pm.

Following the Plains Writers Series will be the Lucky 13 Fiction Slam. The fiction slam will be held at the Max Bar and Grill in downtown Wayne, NE starting at 7:00 pm, with required prelims starting at 5:00 pm. If anyone would like to participate in the slam they will need 2 original short stories and $5 for registration at the door. All events are free and open to the public.


Catherine Texier was born and raised in France, traveled extensively in South America and lived in Montreal before making her way to the US. She started to write in English when she moved to New York, after publishing her first novel, Chloé l’Atlantique, in French. Since then she has written five more novels, Love Me Tender, Panic Blood, Victorine, Young Woman With a Bunch of Lilac (forthcoming in Italy), and Russian Lessons. Her memoir Breakup was an international bestseller. Victorine won Elle Magazine’s 2004 Readers’ Prize Best Novel of the Year. Love Me Tender was a Village Voice bestseller in 1987. Her work has been translated into 10 languages.

Her literary awards include a National Endowment for the Arts Award and two New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships. Her short fiction and essays have been widely anthologized. She was co-editor, with Joel Rose, of the literary magazine Between C and D, and she has written for the New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, Newsday, Bookforum, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Marie-Claire, and

She translated from the French The Death Instinct, by Jacques Mesrine (with co-translator Robert Greene), The Rap Factor and Alba, both by Delacorta; and she updated the French translation of Grace Paley’s Collected Short Stories.

She was invited to artists’ residencies at Castello di Movimento (Italy), Dora Maar House (France) and Yaddo. She has taught creative writing at Rutgers University, Hofstra University, Bennington College, Brooklyn College, Columbia University, University of Nebraska, The New School, as well as the Summer Literary Seminars (Saint-Petersburg, Russia) and the Paris Writers Workshops.

She lives in New York City.

Kelly Weber’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in several publications, including Gravel, Avatar Review, Aleola, Bird’s Thumb, and Agave, and her fiction has appeared in Rose Red Review. Her chapbook All My Valentine’s Days Are Weird will be published by Pseudo Poseur Productions in 2016, and she was the recipient of the Jerry Bradley Award for Creative Writing at the 36th Annual Southwest American/Popular Culture Conference. She has taught composition and poetry at Wayne State College.