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If you like to write poetry as much as read it, contact Shann Palmer (shannp@gmail.com or 266-2249) of the Poetry Society of Virginia to sign up for a new poetry critique group that will meet at C3 the third Monday of every month, 6-8 p.m.

VCU is gearing up for a verbally active spring, kicking off the graduate-student reading series, A Moveable Feast, at 1708 Gallery with the poetry of Catherine MacDonald (Jan. 27). Come back out for the fiction of Steve Collis and the poetry of Hilty Hazzard (Feb. 17), the fiction of Pir Rothenberg (March 24) and readings by writer Turia Pope and poet Mary-Jean Kledzik (April 21).

Virginia Commonwealth University's Visiting Writers Series invites acclaimed writers from around the country to read at the VCU Commons. It will feature Beckian Fritz Goldberg, poet and director of the master's of fine arts in creative writing program at Arizona State University (Feb. 16), modern fable guru Aimee Bender (Feb. 23), and Vermont College professor and poet Mary Ruefle (April 6).

The fourth annual VCU's First Novelist Award at the Singleton Center for the Performing Arts Feb. 10 will honor the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Lorraine Adams. Her debut novel, "Harbor," focuses on the plight of modern Algerian refugees in Boston.

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts continues its Poetic Principles series with award-wining poet and author of "Domestic Work," Natasha Tretheway (Feb. 22), Rodney Jones, author of eight volumes of poetry including "Elegy for the Southern Drawl" (March 29), and Liam Callanan, author of "The Cloud Atlas" (April 19).



Book Editor Valley Haggard is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence college's creative writing department, a member of the Black Swan Writers and recently helped establish the first Birth Arts Festival.

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