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Creative Writing Program Offers Reading Presentations

Oklahoma City University's Red Earth Creative Writing MFA program will present two free public literary readings this summer at the Paramount in downtown Oklahoma City.

Red Earth MFA faculty members will share their work at 7 p.m. July 8, and the program's visiting writers will present a reading at 7 p.m. July 11.

Nationally-recognized authors participating in the faculty reading will be Allison Amend, author of “A Nearly Perfect Copy”; Lou Berney, author of “Whiplash River”; Kerry Cohen, author of “Seeing Ezra: A Mother's Story of Autism” and “Loose Girl”; Quraysh Ali Lansana, author of “mystic turf”; Kat Meads, author of “2:12 a.m. essays” and “For You, Madam Lenin”; and Jeanetta Calhoun Mish, author of “Work Is Love Made Visible.”

The writers will be available after the reading for discussions and book signing.


More information on the Red Earth MFA faculty and their publications is available on the program's website at

The visiting writers for the next residency are Ariel Gore and Tony Medina.

Gore is the editor and publisher of the Alternative Press Award-winning magazine Hip Mama and the author of eight books. Her latest, “The End of Eve,” chronicles her years spent caring for her dying mother. She has also edited several anthologies, including “Breeder,” “The People’s Apocalypse,” and the LAMBDA-award winning “Portland Queer.” Ariel lives in Oakland, Calif., and teaches online at Ariel Gore’s School for Wayward Writers.

Medina is a poet, professor and activist. A two-time winner of the Paterson Prize, he is the author of 16 books for adults and young readers including “The President Looks Like Me & Other Poems,” “I and I,” “Broke on Ice” and the second book in the Broke series, “An Onion of Wars.” Among his three anthologies, “In Defense of Mumia” won the ABA's Firecracker Alternative Book Award. Medina has taught English at Long Island University’s Brooklyn campus and Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY, and has earned a Master of Arts and a doctorate in English from Binghamton University, SUNY. He is the first professor of creative writing at Howard University.

The Paramount is located at 7 N. Lee Ave. Best of Books of Edmond will sell books at both events.

The Red Earth MFA is a low-residency creative-writing program where students and faculty meet for 10-day residencies twice a year — in July and January. Students complete their semesters at home, sending their writing and other coursework to their faculty mentor.

The Red Earth MFA has recently been certified for funding through the Post-911 GI Bill.