DATE:  March 26, 2008
CONTACT: Dr. Molly Engelhardt 361.825.3793; Cassandra Hinojosa 361.825.2337
Award-Winning Mexican-American Novelist Conducts Workshop at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s Annual Author’s Day

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WHO:   Novelist and Playwright Denise Chavez, the Department of English and Around 60 Students from Miller and Moody High Schools
WHAT: Author’s Day
WHEN:  Friday, March 28, from 8:45 to 3 p.m.- (BEST MEDIA OPPORTUNITY: 11:15 a.m. to 12:05 p.m.)
WHERE: Corpus Christi Hall, Room 118, between 11:15 a.m. and 12:05 p.m. (See attached program (PDF) for other times and locations.)

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Award-winning novelist and playwright Denise Chavez will conduct a writing workshop to around 60 local high school students Friday, March 28, in Center for the Arts, Room 118, at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

Miller and Moody high school juniors and seniors will participate in the workshop as part of the University’s ninth annual Author’s Day hosted by the Department of English. Other activities will include presentations by University faculty, a lunchtime open mic and a reading circle with Chavez.

Based in Las Cruces and Mesilla, N.M., Chavez, has received the Puerto del Sol Fiction Award for “The Last of the Menu Girls” and the American Book Award for “Face of an Angel.” Her most recent work, “A Taco Testimony: Meditations of Family, Food and Culture,” explores the challenges faced by a gifted girl coming of age.

Author’s Day is part of the department’s literacy initiative to expose high school students from underrepresented populations to college life and the University’s English program.