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Student Writing Contest for Hunger Relief

Winners share the stage at February 2 benefit with bestselling author Lauren Groff
January 10, 2017

Author Lauren Groff

Author Lauren Groff
The author of FATES & FURIES reads for the 9th Annual Hunger Relief Benefit

Lauren Groff, author of the bestselling novel Fates & Furies, will read for the 9th Annual Hunger Relief Benefit presented by the Creative Writing Program. And, for the first time, U students will be reading alongside the featured author in this yearly benefit for Second Harvest Heartland. What are the students' names? They will be determined through a writing contest, with a January 24 deadline. Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to submit a one-page work of poetry or prose on the subject of food: a great or bad meal (because of the food . . . or the company) or an experience of hunger. Undergraduate and graduate winners will be announced at the February 2 Hunger Relief Benefit, and the student writers named will take the stage to read their works, preceding Groff.

Join us in combatting hunger for Minnesotans! The Hunger Relief Benefit is free and open to the public with a suggested minimum $5 donation to Second Harvest Heartland.

To participate, students must submit a one-page entry to the Creative Writing Program Office (Lind Hall 222) by 2 pm on January 24. Do not include your name on your poetry or prose. Staple your entry to a cover sheet that includes your name, the title of your submission, your email, and your status as a graduate or undergraduate student. Then show up on February 2 at 7 pm in University Hall, McNamara Center, and see if you will be sharing the podium!

For nine years, novelist and Professor Charles Baxter has initiated and hosted the Hunger Relief Benefit at the University of Minnesota, which is presented by the Creative Writing Program and the Edelstein-Keller Endowment.