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Drake faculty, students to open Writers and Critics series

MEDIA CONTACT: Lisa Lacher, 515-271-3119, lisa.lacher@drake.edu

Ramesh Dhussa, Drake University associate professor of geography, and Drake students Michaela Mullin and Patricia Phillips will read from their fiction and poetry Monday, Sept. 29.

The Drake Writers and Critics Series event, which is free and open to the public, will start at 7:30 p.m. in the Cowles Library Reading Room, 2725 University Ave.

Dhussa teaches courses including human geography, world regional geography and cultural geography of Islam. He also teaches courses on India and South Asia.

Although he writes short stories in Hindi, he has started translating his Hindi stories into English. Generally, the themes of his short stories revolve around psychological and social aspects of human behavior.

Mullin is a senior writing major from Des Moines. She will read from her newer works taken from her manuscript for graduate school. She hopes to pursue a Master of Fine Arts in Writing next year.

Phillips of Des Moines is a 30-year-old mother of four and a full-time senior writing major at Drake. Published twice, she is working on a novel and hopes to earn her master’s and doctorate degrees in creative writing after graduating from Drake.

The Writers and Critics Series is sponsored by the Drake English Department and made possible by a grant from the Drake Center for the Humanities. For more information, contact Jennifer Perrine at 515-271-4161 or jennifer.perrine@drake.edu.

The fall schedule for the remainder of the series appears below:

Oct. 28 — Drake Writers’ Harvest Festival: A Benefit for The Food Bank of Iowa featuring Rick Christman, Des Moines Area Community College English instructor; Carol Spaulding-Kruse, Drake associate professor of English; and Mel Wilk, Simpson College professor of English. The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Cowles Library Reading Room.

Nov. 12 — Student and Faculty Reading: One-Act Plays and Dramatic Monologues featuring Craig Owens, Drake assistant professor of English; Drake junior Brandon Courtney and Drake senior Rebekah Maxwell. The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Cowles Library Reading Room.

Dec. 4 — Drake Writers’ Night students, faculty, staff and alumni are invited to bring and read a poem, a piece of short fiction or drama, or a short essay. This night is dedicated to celebrating and fostering the community of writers at Drake. The event will begin at 7 p.m. in the Honors Lounge in Medbury Hall, 2730 Forest Ave.