Free and open to the public, the forum takes place each Thursday while classes are in session beginning at 8 p.m. in Orange Main Lounge on the St. Andrews campus.
The season begins with the welcome back open mic on Sept. 2. This event is part of a tradition that allows those in attendance to share 5-7 minutes of their work with the audience.
The next three Thursdays are filled by featured readers Becky Gould Gibson, Michael Smith and Joseph Bathanti.
Gibson, a professor Emeritus of English and Women's Studies at Guilford College, has written several books of poetry, including Need Fire, Aphrodite's Daughter and Off-Road Meditations.
Smith recently accepted a position at Delta State University and has published his poetry in magazines such as Free Verse, The Iowa Review, The Notre Dame Review and Salt.
Bathanti, is the author of four books of poetry, including the National Book Award nominee, This Metal and two novels, East Liberty and Coventry. His collection of short stories, The High Heart, was the 2008 One Book, One Community selection at St. Andrews and received the 2006 Spokane Prize for Short Fiction.
The second of the six scheduled open mics follows on Sept. 30. After a week's hiatus for fall break, Ted Wojtasik will be the featured reader as part of the 2010 St. Andrews One Book, One Community event on Oct. 14. His novel, No Strange Fire, is the selection.
A scheduling change will bring author Gary Gildner to St. Andrews on Tuesday, Oct. 26. The writer, from Idaho's Clearwater Mountains, has received the National Magazine Award for Fiction, a Pushcart Prize, and the William Carlos Williams and Theodore Roethke poetry prizes. Among his works are Blue Like the Heavens and The Second Bridge.
St. Andrews Writer-in-Residence Ron Bayes will be the featured reader on Nov. 11. In addition to being the founder on Emeritus publisher of the St. Andrews Review and the St. Andrews College Press, Bayes has a variety of published works including The Casketmaker, Porpoise, Kings of August, and the 1985 Pulitzer Prize nominated Beast in View. He has earned the North Carolina Award for Literature, the Roanoke-Chowan Prize for Poetry, North Carolina Writers' Network Lifetime Achievement Award now named in his honor and the North Carolina Writers' Conference Award.
Open mics on Nov. 18 and Dec. 2 close out the semester.
For more information about the St. Andrews Writers' Forum, call the St. Andrews Press Office at 910-277-5310 or e-mail email@example.com