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Authors to Speak at Oklahoma City University

The Red Earth MFA in Creative Writing Program at Oklahoma City University will host authors Alan Michael Parker, Thomas Larson and Lou Berney presenting a lecture titled “Three Distinguished Voices on Voice” at 7 p.m. July 15.

The event is free to the public and will take place in Walker Center room 151 near N.W. 26th Street and Florida Avenue.

The panel will focus on how authors use voice effectively and creatively in writing.

Alan Michael Parker is a novelist and poet who has authored works such as “Whale Man,” “Days Like Prose” and “Long Division,” which will be released this summer as his seventh collection of poems. He has served as editor of The Imaginary Poets and his work has appeared in The American Poetry Review, The New Yorker, The Yale Review and many other publications. Parker has received three Pushcart Prizes, the Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America and the Fineline Prize from the Mid-American Review. He currently teaches at Davidson College in North Carolina as an English professor and directs the Queens University Low-Residency MFA Program as a core faculty member. He lives in Davidson with his wife, artist Felicia van Bork.

Thomas Larson is a memoirist and author of “The Saddest Music Ever Written: The Story of Samuel Barber’s ‘Adagio for Strings’” and “The Memoir and the Memoirist: Reading and Writing Personal Narrative.” Larson has worked one-on-one with students at Ashland University's MFA Program in Creative Nonfiction. He has also led workshops and classes at The Loft in Minneapolis, the Ink Spot in San Diego, the Writer's Workshoppe in Port Townsend, Wash., and the Lancaster Literary Guild in Lancaster, Pa. Larson is a contributing writer for the weekly San Diego Reader and his work has appeared in TriQuarterly Online, San Diego Magazine and Contrary Magazine. He lectures throughout the U.S. on memoir, the music of Samuel Barber and the “social author” in the digital age. He currently resides in San Diego with his partner, Suzanna Neal.

Lou Berney is a screenwriter and fiction writer. He has authored “Whiplash River,” “Gunshot Straight” and “The Road to Bobby Joe.” His work has appeared in the New England Review, The New Yorker, Ploughshares and the Pushcart Prize Anthology. In addition, he has written screenplays and pilots for Warner Brothers, Paramount and Fox production studios. He has taught at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, the University of Oklahoma and the MFA program at Saint Mary's College in California. Berney currently serves as a core faculty member at the Red Earth Low-Residency MFA Program at Oklahoma City University.

The Red Earth MFA program begins its Fall 2012 residency July 9-19. For more information, visit the website at