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April 4, 2013

Scissortail festival comes to East Central University

Ada —

The eighth annual Scissortail Creative Writing Festival, featuring Andrew Hudgins, Constance Squires, Anna Myers and Walter Bargen, in addition to more than 50 published authors from Oklahoma and beyond is April 4-6 on the campus of East Central University in Ada,.

All sessions are free and open to the public.

Andrew Hudgins was born in Killeen, Texas, and educated at Huntingdon College and the University of Alabama. He earned his Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Iowa in 1983.

Hudgins’ poetry is known for its dark humor, formal control and adept handling of voice. His latest book, American Rendering: New and Selected Poems, was released in 2010. Other volumes of poetry include  Ecstatic in the Poison; Babylon in a Jar; The Glass Hammer: A Southern Childhood; The Never-Ending: New Narrative, which received the Poetry Prize and Saints and Strangers, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Hudgins is also the author of a book of essays, The Glass Anvil.

Hudgins’ awards and honors include the Witter Bynner Award for Poetry, the Hanes Poetry Prize, and fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Ingram Merrill Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Hudgins has taught at Baylor University and University of Cincinnati. He currently teaches at Ohio State University.

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