EC to host third annual Writers Festival

Stephen Roger Powers

Teresa Milbrodt

Poet Stephen Roger Powers and novelist and short story writer Teresa Milbrodt will be the featured authors at the third annual Eureka College Writers Festival.

Powers and Milbrodt will read from their works at 7:30 p.m. on March 27 and 28, respectively. A question-and-answer session, book-signing and reception will follow each event. Both events will be in the Cerf Center and are free and open to the public. Advance registration is not required.

For more information, contact associate professor of creative writing Zeke Jarvis at (414) 213-7169 or zjarvis@eureka.edu.

Powers’ book “Hello, Stephen” is a volume of poems that centers on Powers’ travels and experiences in Georgia, India and other locations. It is scheduled for publication by Salmon Poetry in March. His first book, “The Follower’s Tale,” is a collection of bluegrass-inspired lyric and narrative poems about country music icon Dolly Parton and her theme park, Dollywood. It was published by Salmon Poetry in 2009. Author Patrick Hicks wrote of Powers’ work, “Here is a poet who is funny and wise, often at the same time. Through his clear-eyed honesty we roller-coaster deep into the hidden chambers of the human heart.”

While working on his doctorate at University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Powers moonlighted as a stand-up comedian in clubs and casinos in the Midwest. He teaches English at Gordon College, Barnesville, Ga.

Milbrodt’s collection of flash fiction, “Larissa Takes Flight,” is scheduled for publication by Pressgang in March. Her novel “The Patron Saint of Unattractive People” was published in 2013 by Boxfire Press. Her first short story collection, “Bearded Women” takes human characteristics normally associated with freak shows and weds them to narratives about normal human problems. It was published by ChiZine Publications in 2011. The Oxford American magazine wrote, “The stories are grounded in literary realism, then crack the boundaries of the form and launch into magical realist dimensions . . . firmly establishing Milbrodt as a premier writer, and maybe the founder, of Midwestern mythic.” She currently teaches in Thailand.

As part of the festival, the authors will meet with Eureka College students to discuss writing, how students can promote their own works and how to create an online presence for their works. The authors also will dine with students who have prepared a Southern-cooking-themed dinner.

Winners of the Eureka College chapter of Sigma Tau Delta international English honor society’s poetry competition for Illinois high school students will be announced at the festival. The winners and semifinalists will meet with the guest authors to discuss writing poetry.