Festival of Truman Authors

By Patrick Erwin, editor-in-chief

The Festival of Truman Authors, launched yesterday, features Truman College faculty members sharing their published work and ideas on how students can be published themselves.

Yesterday’s session included Professor Bob Hughes, who is retiring from Truman this year. Professor Hughes has written extensively for publications including the Chicago Tribune and Newsweek, and wrote a book, Running with Walker, about his son, who is autistic.

He was joined by cosmetology instructor Cheryl Gist-Williams, who has written two parenting books, Trying to Stay Sane While Raising Your Teen and The Pampered Prince.

On Thursday, Jeff Libman, who has taught ESL at Truman for many years, will read from his book An Immigrant Class: Oral Histories from Chicago’s Newest Immigrants. Carolyn Ulrich, another ESL instructor, will share her experiences as a magazine editor and writer. Ulrich is the editor of Chicagoland Gardening.

Poetry is the focus of next week’s events, with an open poetry reading on Tuesday, Apr. 24 and a poetry-focused session with two Truman faculty members, Carlo Matos and Steven Teref, on Wednesday, Apr. 25.

The series concludes on May 1 with a reading and discussion from Communication Department professors Daniel Buckman and Max Gulias. Professor Buckman has written several novels, including Because The Rain, and will discuss his work. Professor Gulias, a published playwright and script writer, will discuss the concept of authorship in late capitalist culture.

All sessions are at 2:30 p.m. and will be held in Truman’s library, on the lower level of the main building.

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