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Winners of the 2007 Mississippi Valley Poetry Contest PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 02 May 2007 02:30

The Midwest Writing Center has announced the winners of the 34th Annual Mississippi Valley Poetry Contest, and the River Cities' Reader, as one of the contest's sponsors, is pleased to publish selected entries. Other sponsors of the contest were the Sam's Club Foundation and the Illinois Arts Council (a state agency).

The awards will be presented at 7 p.m. on May 19 at the Butterworth Center in Moline.


Enter the River Cities’ Reader 2007 Short Fiction Contest PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 28 March 2007 02:27

Reader Short Fiction Contest What do a fortune cookie, a photograph, and a few missing letters have in common?

They're the Starting Points for the River Cities' Reader 2007 Short Fiction Contest.


A Mind in Fragments: Kathleen Lawless Cox, "Journal of the Unconscious" PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 28 March 2007 02:24

Kathleen Lawless Cox - Journal of the Unconscious Kathleen Lawless Cox's new book, Journal of the Unconscious, is a necessarily self-indulgent affair. The title is perfectly descriptive rather than being arty, and the volume - less than 80 pages - is a collection of recorded "visions" from 1973 and 1974.

The Wild Woman: Kathleen Lawless Cox, "Citizen of the Earth" PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 22 November 2006 02:49

Reader issue #608 Kathleen Lawless Cox's novel Maeve was written over 29 years. Her new book, the poetry collection Citizen of the Earth, has been four decades in the making.

The 68-year-old author - born in England, raised in Ireland, a U.S. resident since 1961, and a Quad Cities citizen for the bulk of the past 45 years - is matter-of-fact about the book's creation.

"I had approximately 40 years' worth of poetry sitting around," she said this week, "and I decided I would like to do a book that covered those 40 years but with the best poems that I could muster out of the pile."

Imaginary History: Not-for-Profit Veteran Jane Wagoner Turns to Fiction PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 10 October 2006 22:46

If you visit the Web site for local not-for-profit-organizer-turned-author Jane Wagoner (, you'll be able to read passages from her recent historical fiction, Bells of May, which follows five generations of women rooted in the Harz Mountains of Germany. Here's what you'll find on the site's first page:

Jane Wagoner"The kiss, begun in sorrow, ignited into passion, a passion born of desperation and loss, wild and unstoppable ... . They came together desperately, without nuance or soft caress. But Katherine, still virgin, was no stranger to orgasm and responded wildly to Christoph's thrusts ... ."

And trust me, things just get racier from there.

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