Dr. Liz Rosenberg, novelist, poet and children’s book author, will visit ACU on Thursday and Friday for a poetry reading and a workshop.
The Shinnery Review, ACU’s student-run arts and literary magazine, is hosting the events which will be free and open the public. The reading will be at Chapel on the Hill on Thursday at 8 p.m.
Some of Rosenberg’s most noted works include Monster Mama, a children’s novel; Seventeen, a young adult prose poetry novel; and Home Repair, an adult fiction novel.
Bethany Bradshaw, senior English major from Henderson and Shinnery Review coeditor, said she found Rosenberg’s work in her poetry anthology.
“I recognized her name and was like, ‘Let’s bring her in,'” Bradshaw said. “She’s so versatile. We thought that would appeal to a broad range of students.”
Because of time constraints, Bradshaw said they asked Rosenberg to read mostly poetry and a few selections of prose.
“Everyone should come,” Bradshaw said. “It would be awesome if we packed out Chapel on the Hill. It’ll definitely be worth it.”
Friday’s workshop begins at 2 p.m. in the Campus Center Living Room.
“It’s going to be pretty casual so people can come and ask her questions,” Bradshaw said.
Bradshaw said Rosenberg will talk about her ability to write in a multitude of literary styles. The audience then will be free to ask questions on any other topics they may be interested in.
Tanner Hadfield, senior English major from Abilene, said he would like to see not only the ACU community, but the surrounding Abilene community, take advantage of the event. Hadfield said there hasn’t been an event like this during his time at ACU.
“I hope people just find some inspiration for creative work or find help for creative things that they’re already working on,” Hadfield said.
Both Hadfield and Bradshaw were especially appreciative of Rosenberg’s children’s books.
“There are just these gorgeous illustrations,” Bradshaw said. “They’re really fun and whimsical.”
Hadfield said he hopes the reading and the workshop will spark discussion among the community about literature and art and why they enjoy those specific things.
Rosenberg is coming from New York to visit Abilene for the event. She earned her doctorate in comparative literature at the State University of New York at Binghamton where she now serves as a professor of English and creative writing.