Three writers with connections to West Virginia University will give a reading Thursday, Feb. 13, at 7:30 p.m. in the Robinson Reading Room of the downtown library.

Because the reading falls on Valentine’s Eve, the focus of the reading will be love—its ups, downs, and arounds.

The reading is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

The three readers are Mark Brazaitis, a professor in the Department of English Ethel Morgan Smith, an associate professor in the Department of English; and Maggie Glover, a 2008 graduate of WVU’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program.

Brazaitis is the author of six books, including The Incurables: Stories, winner of the 2012 Richard Sullivan Award and the 2013 Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award in Prose; and The River of Lost Voices: Stories from Guatemala, winner of the 1998 Iowa Short Fiction Award. His latest book is Julia & Rodrigo, winner of the 2012 Gival Press Novel Award. It’s a Romeo-and-Juliet story set in Guatemala during the country’s civil war.

Smith is the author of From Whence Cometh My Help: The African American Community at Hollins College, and Reflections of the Other: Being Black in Germany. Her essay “Love Means Nothing” was the winner of the 2005 Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation Award. Smith has published in national and international journals, including Callaloo and African American Review.

Glover’s first book of poems, How I Went Red, was recently published by Carnegie Mellon University Press.

“This will be a fun reading,” Brazaitis said. “Ethel and Maggie are terrific writers, and they’ll have witty and insightful things to say about love. My latest book, which I’ll be reading from, is a love story based on one of the oldest love stories around.”

For more information on the reading please contact Contact: Mark Brazaitis (304) 293-9707



CONTACT: Mark Brazaitis, Department of English
(304) 293-9707,

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