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Hear from Great Authors—Support Student Writers
Come out to explore the meaning of history and place during this special evening with renowned authors Judy Dodge Cummings and Krista Eastman. We’ll also celebrate the winners of our student writing contest, Write on the Money.
Date: Wednesday, May 6, 2020
Start Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Stevens Point Campus – CER 634
Author Presentations – Judy Dodge Cummings and Krista Eastman
Reading from Great Escapes: Real Tales of Harrowing Getaways, Cummings will explore the story of Australian explorer Douglas Mawson's efforts to escape death in Antarctica in 1913. Eastman will read from The Painted Forest, her eclectic essay collection on the myths we make about who we are and where we’re from.
After the reading, Cummings and Eastman, judges of Mid-State’s 3rd Annual Write on the Money Contest, will present the contest winners and honorable mentions with their awards. The student winners will also have the opportunity to read from their winning entries.
Judy Dodge Cummings
Judy Dodge Cummings is a former high school history teacher and author of 24 nonfiction books for children and teens. Her narrative nonfiction includes six titles in the Mayhem & Mystery series published by Nomad Press. Judy also writes active nonfiction, books that both narrate past events and engage readers in problem solving and historical inquiry. Her recent titles in this sub-genre include The Underground Railroad: Navigate the Journey from Slavery to Freedom and Immigration Nation: The American Identity in the Twentieth-first Century. Judy’s first novel, When the Earth Dragon Trembled, will be released in September of 2020. The book is historical fiction about a Chinese American boy struggling to survive during the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire.
Krista Eastman is the author of The Painted Forest, which Poets & Writers named one of the best literary nonfiction debuts of 2019. Her essays have been named notable in Best American Essays and published in The Georgia Review, Kenyon Review, and Witness, among others. She was born and raised in the Driftless hills of Wisconsin. After living in Senegal, France, Antarctica, and the eastern US, she returned to Wisconsin where she now lives with her husband and young son. She’s working on a new book called Pionier.