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Waldorf College Writers Series to host Steven Coughlin

Forest City, Iowa – Waldorf College’s Distinguished Visiting Writers Series enters its fifth year with a public reading by author Steven Coughlin on Monday, Oct. 29, 2012.

Coughlin’s work has appeared in many literary journals including the Gettysburg Review, Michigan Review, and Slate. Since 2010 he has served as the editor of Quarter after Eight, a journal of innovative prose and poetry. He is currently in hisfinal year of Ph.D. studies at Ohio University and is known for his poetry and nonfiction writing.

Waldorf Director of Creative Writing Joe Wilkins selected Coughlin for the Distinguished Visiting Writers Series.

“He’s a very different kind of writer than we’ve had,” Wilkins explained. “We’ve had lots of overly serious writers, and he’s a very funny writer. It’ll be great to come see him as he gives a performance with his reading.”

In addition to Coughlin’s comedy, Wilkins also selected him based on his ability to help Waldorf students.

“Because he’s in his last year of Ph.D. studies, he’ll be a great resource to students looking to pursue additional degrees after graduation,” Wilkins said. “They’ll be able to pick his brain about graduate school and get a grasp on the dos and don’ts of that process.”

Community members are welcome to attend the public reading in Salveson Hall at Waldorf College. The event starts at 7:30 p.m. Waldorf College will host its second Distinguished Visiting Writer this spring featuring author Nance Van Winckel.

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