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Writers on the Shore

Each year the Salisbury University English Department hosts Writers on the Shore, a series of readings by contemporary writers. Writers on the Shore offers readings by fiction writers, poets, playwrights, memoirists, and a number of other writers. The series includes established voices and fresh new voices who are emerging in the national writing milieu. Find out more about this year's events and featured writers below:

Creative Writing Festival

Creative Writing Festival

Wednesday, September 14
Perdue Hall 156, 8 p.m.

Students from the Creative Writing Program read a wide variety of their work to celebrate the beginning of the new school year.


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Creative Writing Festival
Michelle Ross

Michelle Ross

Wednesday, October 5
Commons, Worcester Room, 8 p.m.

Ross is the author of three story collections: There's So Much They Haven't Told You, winner of the 2016 Moon City Short Fiction Award; Shapeshifting, winner of the 2020 Stillhouse Press Short Fiction Award (2021); and They Kept Running, winner of the 2021 Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction (April 2022). Her work is included in Best Small Fictions,Best Microfiction, the Wigleaf Top 50, and will be included in the forthcoming Norton anthology Flash Fiction America. She is fiction editor of Atticus Review.


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Michelle Ross
Catherine Pierce

Catherine Pierce

Wednesday, October 26
Commons, Worcester Room, 8 p.m.

Pierce is the Poet Laureate of Mississippi and the author of four books of poems, most recently Danger Days (Saturnalia 2020). Her work has appeared in The Best American Poetry, The New York Times, American Poetry Review,The Nation, the Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day series and elsewhere. An NEA Fellow and two-time Pushcart Prize winner, she teaches and co-directs the creative writing program at Mississippi State University.


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Catherine Pierce
Joanna Eleftheriou

Joanna Eleftheriou

Wednesday, November 16
Commons, Worcester Room, 8 p.m.

Eleftheriou is author of the essay collection This Way Back (West Virginia University Press, 2020). Her poems and essays appear in Bellingham Review, Arts and Letters and Sweeter Voices Still: An LGBTQ Anthology from Middle America. She has studied at Cornell University, Old Dominion University and the University of Missouri, where she earned a doctorate in creative writing. A contributing editor at Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies, Eleftheriou serves as assistant professor of English at Christopher Newport University and on the faculty at the Writing Workshops in Greece.


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Joanna Eleftheriou