Posted Online: Sept. 04, 2013, 3:42 pm
Great River Writer's Retreat winners to give reading
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Press release submitted by Midwest Writing Center
Great River Writer's Retreat Winners Valerie Wallace & Mary Davidsaver to give reading at Midwest Writing Center Sept. 6
Midwest Writing Center would like to invite the public to enjoy a free reading by its Great River Writer's Retreat contest winners, prose writer and Davenport resident Mary Davidsaver and Chicago-based poet Valerie Wallace, on Friday, September 6, 2013 at 7 p.m. The winners will be spending a week concentrating on their writing at Benet House in Rock Island, Illinois. They will celebrate their experience in the area and share some of the writing they worked on during their retreat at the reading, which will take place at Midwest Writing Center on the third floor of Bucktown Center for the Arts, 225 E. 2nd Street in Downtown Davenport, Iowa. Light refreshments will also be served.
The Great River Writers Retreat winners are selected from an applicant pool of writers from Iowa and Illinois. This is the first time in the five years MWC has offered the Retreat that a local writer has been selected.
This is event is part of the MWC's East West Riverfest programming.
Generously sponsored by Dr. Nicolas Shammas in collaboration with the Midwest Writing Center
Valerie Wallace is a poet whose work has been published in many literary journals and anthologies. Her chapbook The Dictators' Guide to Good Housekeeping was published in 2011 by Dancing Girl Press. Margaret Atwood chose 10 of her poems as the winner of the 2012 Atty Award, and she won the 2012 San Miguel de Allende Writers Conference Award in Poetry. Other awards include 2 Illinois Arts Council grants and a grant from the Barbara Deming Fund for Women. Valerie teaches workshops throughout Chicago, and is an editor with RHINO Poetry and the Afghan Women's Writing Project.
Mary Davidsaver is a native Iowan and graduate of the University of Iowa who has recently returned to the home state after living "abroad" for many years in Texas and Illinois. She spent a large chunk of my adult life as a jewelry maker, practicing for her second career as a writer. Any success she has had she owes in large part to the following individuals and organizations: Doug Boock of the Galva News. He took me from a volunteer writer of press releases to feature writer and correspondent. The Moline Dispatch gave me a wonderful opportunity to learn about writing columns. The Midwest Writing Center supplied valuable workshops, classes, and conferences on all aspects of the writing life.