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MFA program hosts annual charity event, Writers’ Harvest

TAMPA, Fla. – The USF English Department’s Creative Writing MFA Program hosted its annual charity event, Writers’ Harvest, on Monday, Oct. 29 at Oxford Exchange. The event, attended by the USF and Tampa Bay community, raised $600 and received more than 100 cans of food, all of which were donated to Feeding Tampa Bay. Most of the donations will be used by Feeding Tampa Bay to benefit Hurricane Michael relief efforts in the Florida Panhandle.

Macey Sidlasky, second-year MFA student, coordinated this year’s Writers’ Harvest. The reading featured writers Geoff Bouvier, Jon Chopin and Helen Pruitt Wallace.

Geoff Bouvier is an Assistant Professor at the University of Tampa and the author of poetry collections “Glass Harmonica” and “Living Room,” which won the APR/Honickman Prize.

Jon Chopan teaches at Eckerd College. He is the author of the memoir “Pulled from the River” and connected short story collection “Veterans Crisis Hotline,” which won the 2017 Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction.

Helen Pruitt Wallace is the Poet Laureate of St. Petersburg, FL. Her poems can be found in her collection “Shimming the Glass House”—winner of the Richard Snyder Prize for Poetry and a bronze Florida Book Award—and chapbook “Pink Streets.”

Along with listening to the writers, attendees had the chance to win raffle prizes and enter a costume contest judged by the writers. Prizes included art from Roan Vaughn, handmade woodwork by Riley Passmore, a gift card to Grain and Berry and signed copies of the readers’ books.

Filed under:Arts and Sciences English    
Author:Courtney Clute