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Sign up for Women’s Lit Read-In

Sign up for Women’s Lit Read-In
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  • On March 11, 2021

By Chloe Gregg
Staff Writer

For Women’s History Month this year, LCC’s annual Women’s Literature Read-In will be held Wednesday, March 31 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event will be virtual this year, and information on how to attend will be on LCC’s website.

The annual Women’s Literature Read-In was founded in 1999 by LCC English Professor Teresa Purvis. The event began as a way to celebrate the work of women writers.

“I started it because I wanted to shine a light on women’s literature and the writings of the people of the LCC community,” Purvis said. “By that, I don’t just mean the people on campus, but the folks within the tri-county area.”

This year, guest starring at the event is Lansing’s own Poet Laureate, Laura Apol, who has a number of written works to share during the Read-In.

“Women will come and read their own work – it doesn’t matter what genre it is – and people who have a favorite women writer may want to read a selection,” Purvis said. “(People who want to participate) will need to contact me and I will put them into the schedule given their availability.”

Purvis said generally the event has about 30 folks participating and around 100 audience members, but she is hopeful that with the event being virtual this year, it may garner more of an audience.

“It’s pretty informal,” Purvis said. “It’s not fancy introductions for each and every person, it’s just a matter of the writer stepping up, talking about their piece possibly, or just jumping right in.”

People can participate in the event by contacting Purvis at purvist@star.lcc.edu by Monday, March 15. Participants will want to include their name, title(s), author(s), hours of availability, and the length or timeframe of the written work.