The University of Tampa's MFA Program presents Lectores: Public Readings by Acclaimed Writers. All events begin at 7:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public. For information, go to www.ut.edu/mfacw/lectores.
Friday "Publishing in Peril," a discussion with Amy Hill Hearth (The Delaney Sisters), Carla Jimenez (Inkwood Books) and Enid Shomer (author and University of Arkansas Press poetry editor), moderated by Colette Bancroft (book editor, Tampa Bay Times) at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Jaeb Theater, 1010 North W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa.
Saturday Official opening reading of the University of Tampa MFA in Creative Writing: Michael Connelly (The Drop) and Amy Hill Hearth at Vaughn Center, 9th Floor, UT Campus, 401 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa.
Jan. 8 Reading by Jeff Parker (The Taste of Penny) and the Creative Loafing fiction contest winner at Creative Loafing offices, 1911 N 13th St., Suite W200, Tampa.
Jan. 9 Reading by poets Erica Dawson (Big-Eyed Afraid), Donald Morrill (Impetuous Sleeper) and Peter Meinke (Lines From Neuchatel) at Sykes Chapel and Center for Faith and Values, UT Campus.
Jan. 10 George Saunders (In Persuasion Nation), reading and in conversation with Creative Loafing editor David Warner, Vaughn Center, 9th Floor, UT Campus.
Jan. 11 Reading by Josip Novakovich (April Fool's Day) and Terese Svoboda (Bohemian Girl), Sykes Chapel and Center for Faith and Values, UT Campus.
Jan. 12 "Truth/truth," a discussion with Poynter Institute senior scholar Roy Peter Clark (Help! For Writers: 210 Solutions to the Problems Every Writer Faces), Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Thomas French (Zoo Story: Life in the Garden of Captives) and St. Petersburg poet laureate Peter Meinke, moderated by John Capouya (Gorgeous George), a joint event of the UT MFA and the Poynter Institute, at Vaughn Center, Reeves Theater, UT Campus.