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Spoken Art

award-winning writer Loeb hosts reading, discussion

Hannah Mumm |

Karen Loeb
Karen Loeb

Karen Loeb’s work spans genre, style, and form. At once a writer of riveting short fiction and terse yet impactful poetry, the stories she tells garner intense emotional reactions from readers and live audiences alike. Loeb is a prominent author of several poems and prose pieces, including her story collection, Jump Rope Queen, which won a Minnesota Voices Project Award. Since then, the UW-Eau Claire professor emerita of English has received several additional awards including Pen Syndicated Fiction awards and an editor’s choice award in the Raymond Carver contest. Her work has appeared in literary journals such as New Ohio Review, Hanging Loose, and Main Street Rag – just to name a few.

On March 2, Loeb will visit the Janet Carson Gallery at the State Theatre in Eau Claire to read an assortment of succinct poems and stories. Her selections will dwell primarily on themes of aging and motherhood, many of them centered on her relationship with her daughter. She will delve into her creative process, describing how she transforms significant life events into poignant fiction and verse. After the reading, the audience will be invited to participate in an open Q&A forum.

Poem or Prose: How One Writer Chooses • 5pm, March 2 • Janet Carson Gallery, State Theatre, 316 Eau Claire St., Eau Claire • FREE • (715) 832-2787 •