HRWC 2013-14 series begins with readings by Foster

Amy Czapiewski, associate director of communications, (701) 483-2595

The Heart River Writers’ Circle at Dickinson State University will host a reading by author Karen Foster, Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. in Beck Auditorium, Klinefelter Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Foster, associate professor of English at DSU, has published poetry in “Fireweed,” “Rocky Mountain Review of Language and Literature,” “Redneck Review,” “New York Quarterly,” “Classifieds,” “South Dakota Magazine,” “Nebraska Humanities,” “Hurricane Alice,” and other journals. Recently her poem, “Nitroglycerin,” won third place in South Dakota’s High Plains Writers’ Contest.

Her short stories have been published in journals such as “Briar Cliff Review” and “Big Ugly Review.” A story, “The Dog,” won third place in a contest held by “The Reader,” an Omaha arts magazine. Additionally, two of Foster’s plays have been performed—“Stained Glass” at the Lincoln Community Playhouse, in Lincoln, Neb., and “Lie of the Body” at the Millennium Theatre in Omaha, NE. “So Shalt Thou,” commissioned by Nebraskans Against the Death Penalty, was a reader’s theatre piece at Saint Mathew’s Episcopal Church and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Heart River Writers' Circle brings to the West River area significant, contemporary writers whose work interests a range of readers on the northern plains. Each writer gives a public reading and meets with students and community members to discuss issues germane to writing. By coordinating such visits, as well as by hosting literary events and discussions, the Circle serves as a resource for those interested in writing as vocation or avocation. The Circle, which supports all community literary activities, including the use of libraries, is sponsored by Stoxen Library and DSU's Department of Language and Literature.