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April 3, 2014

Scissortail Creative Writing Festival starts today

Ada — The ninth annual Scissortail Creative Writing Festival, featuring Nathan Brown, Carolyne Wright, James Hoggard and Jonas Zdanys, along with more than 50 author presentations from Oklahoma and beyond, is set for April 3-5 at East Central University.

The event is free and open to the public. The festival begins at 9:30 a.m. on today while on Friday and Saturday, April 4-5, the event begins at 9 a.m.

Brown is a songwriter, photographer and award-winning poet from Norman. He is also serving as the current poet laureate of the state of Oklahoma for 2013 to 2014.  He holds a Ph.D. in creative and professional writing from the University of Oklahoma and teaches there as well.

The author of eight books, Brown’s work includes "Karma Crisis: New and Selected Poems" (2012), "Letters to the One-Armed Poet: A Memoir of Friendship, Loss, and Butternut Squash Ravioli" (2011), "My Sideways Heart" (2010), "Two Tables Over" (2008) - winner of the 2009 Oklahoma Book Award, "Not Exactly Job" (2007) - a finalist for the Oklahoma Book Award, "Ashes Over the Southwest" (2005), "Suffer the Little Voices" (2005) - a finalist for the Oklahoma Book Award, "Hobson’s Choice" (2002).

Wright has published eight books and chapbooks of poetry. Her most recent collection, "A Change of Maps" (2006), was nominated for the LA Times Book Award and was a finalist for the Idaho Prize and Alice Fay di Castagnola Award from the Poetry Society of America.

His other recent collection, "Seasons of Mangoes and Brainfire" (2005), won the Blue Lynx Prize, the Oklahoma Book Award in Poetry and the American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation.  

An author of more than 20 books, Hoggard has published novels, poetry, stories and personal essays and had seven plays produced, including two in New York. His work has been published in Harvard Review, Southwest Review, Partisan Review, Redbook, Arts & Letters, Translation Reviews, and numerous other places, including England, Cuba, Czech Republic, Canada and India.

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