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UND announces Writers Conference authors

UND has announced the authors expected to attend the 50th Annual UND Writers Conference. The event, focused on the theme, "What the Future Holds," is planned for March 20-22 in the UND Memorial Union. The authors are: Heid E. Erdrich, enrolled me...

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UND has announced the authors expected to attend the 50th Annual UND Writers Conference.

The event, focused on the theme, "What the Future Holds," is planned for March 20-22 in the UND Memorial Union.

The authors are: Heid E. Erdrich, enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa and author of five collections of poetry; Sally Wen Mao, a poet who wrote a collection of poems titled "Oculus"; Patrick Martinez, a renowned multidisciplinary artist; Tommy Orange, best-selling novelist and author of "There There"; Sarah Smarsh, non-fiction writer, journalist and author of "Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth," whose reading will be a Humanities North Dakota GameChanger event; and Kiese Laymon, essayist, fiction writer and memoirist and author of "Heavy: A Memoir."

Their publications were selected for this year's Greater Grand Forks Reads program.

A series of community discussions begins Sunday and continues through March 3 at the Grand Forks Public Library. Each Sunday from 2 to 3:30 p.m., the work of a selected author will be discussed. All discussions are free and open to the public.

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During the Writers Conference, special events are planned for aspiring writers, including workshops on writing poetry and fiction, and on how to get published. Seating is limited; online registration is required.

Aspiring writers may also read from their works in public readings scheduled daily during the conference. Online registration is required.

Books by this year's conference authors are available at the UND Campus Bookstore, Grand Forks Public Library, East Grand Forks Campbell Library, the Chester Fritz Library and Ferguson Books and Media.

Conference events are free and open to the public and free parking is available, according to a UND news release.

For more information, including a complete list of authors and their works, go to www.undwritersconference.org or call Crystal Alberts at (701) 777-2393.

Pamela Knudson is a features and arts/entertainment writer for the Grand Forks Herald.

She has worked for the Herald since 2011 and has covered a wide variety of topics, including the latest performances in the region and health topics.

Pamela can be reached at pknudson@gfherald.com or (701) 780-1107.
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