A fiction writer and a poet will both do readings from their work as part of Siena Heights University’s Creative Writing Workshop, “Writing with the Pros,” which runs from June 24-28.
The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be available afterwards.
Authors Philip F. Deaver, from Rollins College in Florida, and Siena Heights University faculty member Saleem Peeradina will share the mike at 7 p.m. June 26 in Sage Union on the Adrian campus. The event will be followed by a question-and-answer session and book signing.
Deaver, writer in residence and director of the writing program at Rollins, publishes widely, and his short stories have appeared in many literary magazines. His first collection, Silent Retreats, won for him the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. His work is included in The Best American Catholic Short Stories. In addition, Deaver has published a book of poetry (How Men Pray) and edited a volume of creative nonfiction essays about America’s favorite sport, titled Scoring from Second: Writers on Baseball. He returns to Siena this summer to teach the Workshop session on the short story.
Peeradina is the author of three books of poetry: First Offense, Group Portrait, and Meditations on Desire. His work is found in major anthologies of Asian American and World Literature, including Living in America and Contours of the Heart, and he has read his poetry and given workshops all over the world. Peeradina, a native of Bombay, India, recounted many of his early, formative experiences in his memoir, The Ocean in My Yard, published by Penguin Books. He has taught on the Siena Heights faculty for 18 years.