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Norse x Norse-West Conference offers writing talks, workshops

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Friday – April 3, 2015

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – The Northern Kentucky University Friends of Steely Library will host a two-day writing conference offering writing talks and workshops May 29-30 at NKU’s Steely Library.

The event will feature workshops of no more than 10 people each, running concurrently from 9 a.m. until noon each day. Featured faculty authors include:

  • Featured Novelist: Gwyn Rubio (
    Ms. Rubio’s first novel, Icy Sparks, was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers choice and was listed as a 1998 Notable Book in The New York Times and three years later became an Oprah Book Club Selection. Her second novel, The Woodsman’s Daughter, was chosen as one of the best 10 books of 2005 by the Louisville Courier-Journal. “Love & Ordinary Creatures, "....described by Silas House as “Rubio's best book,” was released last October and was selected by the Animal Legal Defense Fund for its Book Club. World Literature Today wrote, "Rubio's novel explores the meaning of freedom, memory, love, and the connections that exist between these concepts...a serious novel full of emotion.”  

  • Featured Poet: Richard Hague
    Mr. Hague taught at Purcell Marian High School in Cincinnati for 45 years. His teaching career ended when he refused to sign an objectionable anti-gay and anti-worker’s rights Archdiocese of Cincinnati contract last year. He is author of 15 books, most recently During The Recent Extinctions: New & Selected Poems l984-2012, (Dos Madres Press), which won The Weatherford Award. Other books include Milltown Natural: Essays and Stories from a Life (Bottom Dog Press, l997), nominated for a National Book Award, and the poetry collection Alive in Hard Country (Bottom Dog Press, 2003), named Poetry Book of the Year by the Appalachian Writers Association.

  • Featured Creative Nonfiction Writer: Jessica Hindman
    Ms. Hindman's writing has appeared in O: The Oprah Magazine and Dogwood: A Journal of Poetry and Prose. She has worked as a freelance researcher for The New York Times Magazine and MTV, where she was the first person to compile research on the show that would later become the nationwide hit Teen Mom. She holds a BA and MFA in Creative Nonfiction Writing from Columbia University, and a PhD in English-Creative Nonfiction Writing from the University of North Texas. She teaches creative nonfiction writing at NKU, and has recently completed a memoir about her former life as a professional fake violinist.

  • Featured Poetry Publisher: Tom Hunley
    Mr. Hunley is a professor of English and creative writing at Western Kentucky University, the director of Steel Toe Books, and the book review editor for Poemeleon. He is the author of four full-length poetry collections, most recently Plunk (Wayne State College Press 2015); six chapbooks, most recently Scotch Tape World (Accents Publishing 2013); and two textbooks. He is also co-editor, with Alexandria Peary, of Creative Writing Pedagogies for the Twenty-First Century (Southern Illinois University Press 2015).

  • Featured Speculative Fiction Publisher: Eric Beebe
    Mr. Beebe’s Post Mortem Press has grown from a distraction against the worries of a corporate career gone awry to a successful independent publishing concern. Along the way, Post Mortem Press has earned the respect of many luminaries in the world of dark fiction. The likes of Clive Barker, Joe Hill, Harlan Ellison, Jonathan Maberry,  F. Paul Wilson, Jack Ketchum, and many more have graced the pages of Post Mortem Press books. When not working at some random Post Mortem Press task, Mr. Beebe enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, watching horror movies, and on occasion, actually sleeping.

  • Conference Coordinator and Lecturer:  Kelly Moffett
    Ms. Moffett is an assistant professor of English at NKU. She has three collections of poetry and one chapbook. Her work has appeared in journals such as Colorado Review, Cincinnati Review, and The Laurel Review, and she has been featured on sites such as Connotations Press. When not teaching or writing, she spends her days with her horse, her Irish Wolfhound, her rescue pup, and her family – often wandering the woods – and she blogs a bit at

  • Lecturer: Ron Ellis
    Mr. Ellis’s first book, Cogan’s Woods, was originally published by Pruett Publishing (2001) and then reissued by Skyhorse Publishing in a Tenth Anniversary Edition. He is also the author of Brushes with Nature: The Art of Ron Van Gilder (2008) and editor of In That Sweet Country: Uncollected Writings of Harry Middleton (2010) and Of Woods & Waters: A Kentucky Outdoors Reader (2005). His work appears in The Gigantic Book of Hunting Stories (2008), Afield: American Writers on Bird Dogs (2010), Astream: American Writers on Fly Fishing (2012), and A Passion for Grouse: The Lore and Legend of America’s Premier Game Bird (2013). In addition, his stories have been published in Kentucky Monthly, Appalachian Life, The Journal of Kentucky Studies, Kentucky Afield, First Draft, and Sporting Classics. He is the recipient of the Kentucky Arts Council’s Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship and Professional Assistance Award. 

Additional information on the two-day conference, including online registration, is available at

Registrants can choose to join a workshop or just attend lectures and readings. Full registration (workshop plus lectures) is $150 ($120 for students); lecture-only registration is $50.

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