West Virginia University English professors are sure to be heard when theyrockor better yetrhymethe vote with musical and meaningful political readings to encourage WVU students and the Morgantown community to vote in the Nov. 4 presidential election.

Five faculty from the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences Department of English will read poetry, fiction, nonfiction and other works as part ofHear and Be Heard: A Reading to Rock and Rhyme the Voteat 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, at the Blue Moose Café.

The reading, which is free and open to the public, coincides with the last day to register to vote in West Virginia.

This is an election of major significance, and were encouraging all citizens to exercise their constitutional right to vote,said Mark Brazaitis , associate professor of English and director of the WVU creative writing program.

Our readings will be centered on political themes that consider national and statewide issues and topics that are important to this election such as war, the economy and the environment,added Brazaitis, who is coordinating the event.

The event will feature some of WVU s award-winning writers, including:

  • Brazaitis, author ofThe River of Lost Voices: Stories from GuatemalaandAn American Affair: Stories
  • James Harms , author ofAfter Westand four other books of poetry
  • Ethel Morgan Smith , author ofFrom Whence Cometh My Help: The African American Community of Hollins College
  • Kevin Oderman , author of the essay collectionHow Things Fit Togetherand the novelGoing
  • Sandy Baldwin , author of the genre-bending workI Did the Weird Motor Drive

For more information, contact Brazaitis at 304-293-9707 or ” Mark.Brazaitis@mail.wvu.edu rel=nofollow> Mark.Brazaitis@mail.wvu.edu .