THE FEB. 1 READING HAS BEEN CANCELED BECAUSE OF AN IMPENDING BLIZZARD. WE'LL RESCHEDULE FOR MAY. STAY TUNED!
Our first reading of the spring 2011 semester features poet Jim Coffman and creative nonfiction writer Christina Ingoglia.
Christina Ingoglia is a creative nonfiction writer and a full-time instructor of creative writing and composition at Columbia College.
Ingoglia’s writing has appeared in the Copper Nickel, Inside Columbia and Prime magazine. Currently she is at work on a collection of essays titled “These Strange Heavens.”
Ingoglia earned her MFA from the University of Wyoming in 2009. Before going to graduate school, she was a professional union organizer.
Jim Coffman’s Gravel Dust and Dreams, a poetry collection about growing up in the ‘40s and ‘50s in east-central Illinois, was published in 2009 by Pudding House Publications. A sequel, Outside the Crowd, was published in 2010. His poetic works have appeared in several journals and anthologies since 2005.
Coffman retired after 40 years of ministry. Besides weekly sermons, he authored Communicate in Word and Deed for the United Church Press and Finding Myself in the Parables for The Christian Board of Publication.
He and his wife, Jan, an art photographer, are active in the Missouri Writers Guild.