TULSA — Several Cowley College writers recently attended the Nimrod Conference for Readers and Writers, hosted by Nimrod International Journal of Prose and Poetry in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Cowley writers attend conference

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FROM LEFT: Cowley College creative writing students Grayson Gorday, Bronte Young, J.C. Pappan, Isaac Cervantes, Aimee Morgan, Hannah Lyles and Kelsey Boles.

They also toured the John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Park and Museum before the conference began.

Docent Dewayne Dickens led a tour of Reconciliation Park, which provides a message of hope while telling the history leading up to the 1921 Tulsa race riots, as well as documenting those events, the stories and the survivors.

Writers then attended the Friday Write Night, where they were able to visit with authors and hear them read their works.

Primary authors this year were novelist Laura van den Berg and poet Jericho Brown.

At the conference, Brown, van den Berg and several other authors hosted masters’ classes, so participants were able to choose from several different topics of interest to them.

In discussing some of the information he’d learned, Creative Claws president John “J.C.” Pappan said he thought it was even better than last year’s conference because both the novelist and poet were interesting in their presentations, as well as detailed in their advice to writers.

“The conference was thrilling,” said freshman Hannah Lyles. “I loved meeting the authors and hearing them read their writings.”

Students attending the conference were Kelsey Boles, Isaac Cervantes, Grayson Gorday, Lyles, Aimee Morgan, Pappan and Bronte Young. Faculty members were Marlys Cervantes, humanities and communications department chair, and Ryan Doom.

Anyone interested in the creative writing program at Cowley should email Cervantes, director of the program, at marlys.cervantes@cowley.edu or call her at (620) 441-5560.

This information was provided by Cowley College Director of Institutional Communications and Public Relations Rama Peroo.