UNC Writers' Conference Features Author of 'Big Fish'

The 2014 Rosenberry Writers' Conference at the University of Northern Colorado March 10-12 will feature readings by renowned, award-winning authors whose works have been featured around the globe.

Author Daniel Wallace, whose novel Big Fish was made into a motion picture by Tim Burton in 2003 and a Broadway musical in 2013, will begin the three-day conference with a reading at 7 p.m. March 10, in the Panorama Room of the University Center, intersection of 10th Avenue and 20th Street.

The event is free and open to the public, with a question-and-answer session, reception and book signing to follow.

Wallace teaches and directs the Creative Writing program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His work has been translated into 25 languages. In addition to the reading, there will also be a student breakfast at 8 a.m. March 11, where Wallace will answer questions and meet with students and faculty from UNC's literature and writing classes.

The conference's other readings will be by Danielle Evans, Tuesday, March 11, and Andrea Hollander, Wednesday, March 12. Both will start at 7 p.m. in the Panorama Room and will also include a question-and-answer session, reception and book signing. Free parking will be available in lots adjacent to the building.

Evans is the author of the short-story collection Before you Suffocate Your Own Fool Self, which won the 2011 PEN/Robet W. Bingham Prize for a first book and was named one of the best books of the year by Kirkus Reviews and O Magazine. Her work has appeared in magazines including the Paris Review. She teaches creative writing at American University in Washington, D.C.

Andrea Hollander, the author of four poetry collections, won an Oregon Literary Fellowship and a Pushcart Prize for prose memoir, as well as two poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. Hollander teaches workshops at the Attic Institute in Portland, Ore.

Admission for each event is free and open to the public.

In addition to the readings, the writers will hold informal discussion sessions with students and faculty from UNC's literature and writing classes.

Now in its 13th year, the conference is named in honor of the late philanthropist and English teacher Walter Rosenberry, who supported the conference and nonprofit organizations throughout Colorado.

For more information, contact conference organizer Nic Brown at 970-351-2971.