Language and Literature

Writers Read Author Series 2018-19

Writers Read, sponsored by the Language and Literature Department, is a special event featuring authors who read from and comment on their work. Dates, times, costs and locations are indicated below (map of EMU campus , Lehman Auditorium, Common Grounds, Campus Center).

Alison Garcia, authorSept. 13, 2018 – Author Allison Garcia, 6:30 p.m., Common Grounds, donations accepted

Vivir el Dream is a touching read full of twists and well-drawn characters. The story is timely and emotionally charged, but written with a hopeful outlook. Ms. Garcia writes with palpable empathy, and genuine compassion for her characters and the struggles that they endure. (Amazon review)

Kimberly Schmidt, authorFeb. 21, 2019 - Author Kimberly Schmidt, 6:30 p.m., Common Grounds, donations accepted

This cleverly done story, involving compelling characters, allows the reader to begin to understand the horrors of the Sand Creek and Washita massacres. The reader also gains valuable insight into Cheyenne history and culture. Also much appreciated are the prominent female characters, who are too often overlooked, especially in stories of war. (Amazon review)

Feb. 27, 2019 – Windsor Westbrook Sherrill, PhD, Suter Science Seminar, 4 p.m., SSC 106

Dr. Sherrill, PhD is a professor of Public Health Sciences and Associate VP for Health Research at 
Clemson University.

Words, when chosen carefully, have great power to comfort and heal. The Clemson University Bibliotherapy program has roots in a centuries-old practice of using literature to promote healing. The program is a combination of the once popular hospital library, bibliotherapy, and effective communication strategies. This session will provide an overview of the Clemson University Bibliotherapy program. This research-based training program enables pre-professional health students to improve communication skills using a compendium of readings shared with patients to promote health, comfort, hope, and well-being. Preliminary results of the program indicate that positive communication between patients and providers can impact patient well-being and health outcomes. Bibliotherapy acknowledges the healing nature of literature, combining verbal communication with a "live performance" of reading.

Past Writers Read events