• Mary Mathieu

28th Annual USF Writers' Conference Set For November 16

On Saturday, November 16, 2019, the University of St. Francis will be holding its 28th annual St. Francis Writers’ Conference. This convention is formerly known as the English Language and Literature's Conference. Every year, current and prospective undergraduate students are welcomed to present their own writings. According to www.stfrancis.edu, these works often fall into the categories of literature, translation, comparative literature, critical theory, film, creative writing, teaching English, history and politics, philosophy and theology, science writing, business writing and ecocriticism. Almost 30 presentations are given each year at this conference.

The keynote speaker for this year is Peter Kahn. According to www.stfrancis.edu, his literary accomplishments are wide-ranging: he became a founding member of the London poetry collective Malika’s Kitchen, his poems were published internationally in various journals, he has been a commended poet twice in the Poetry Society’s National Poetry Competition (UK) and he was also a finalist in Fugue Poetry Contest and Atlanta Review International. Despite starting out in the social work field, he truly has contributed greatly to the literary world. He has been a high school English teacher at Oak Park/River Forest High School since 1994 and has also taken up other roles as a featured speaker and Coach of the Year. To share his love of poetry and literature in general, he created the London Teenage Poetry Slam.

The St. Francis Writers’ Conference is open to all to attend. This is a great opportunity to hear students of various majors present their own works that they are passionate about. Please RSVP to sfwc@stfrancis.edu to reserve a spot. Attendance is free, so if literature of any kind seems interesting, make sure to attend this educational event!

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