Local Speed Reading – Mary Popham and fellow readers tonight, Friday September 19, 2014

Dear Spalding at the Speed Participant:
We very much appreciate your reading during our new series combining Spalding MFA folks and community writers. The September event Friday, Sept 19 will be the final one for our late spring-summer-early fall series. We’d like to make it a GALA event, with as many readers from earlier sessions (as possible) returning to hear the closing session AND . . . I thought it would be fun if each of you returnees selected your favorite one (or even 2-3 but not 4) sentence(s) from what you read before to read again, as a kind of reprise. Choose the sentence for its stylistic vividness or felicitous turn of phrase, independent of context. I’m thinking that after the program, perhaps with a glass of wine in hand, while we’re standing around, people could step forward, introduce themselves and the title of the piece, and read. If you can, please bring a guest(s) who might himself/herself want to volunteer next year. 
    I’m going to join you in reading one of my own favorite sentences from my paperback edition of The Fountain of St. James Court; or, Portrait of the Artist as an Old Women, which was published this spring.
     We do plan to continue this very successful gathering next year. I must say, personally, that I’ve never enjoyed a reading series more; the work has been superb, and the variety of readers has been inspiring. Thank you!
Hope to see you Sept 19. at 6:00 at the Speed on Market Street.
Cordially yours,
Sena Jeter Naslund
Program Director, Low-residency MFA in Writing, Spalding University & Editor, The Louisville Review and Fleur-de-Lis Press.

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