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Creative Writers Society To Host Speaker April 28

April 23, 2004

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The Creative Writers Society at Western Illinois University will host William J. Maxwell, who will present a paper on the poetry of Claude McKay from 3-4 p.m. Wednesday, April 28 in University Union Cardinal/Oak Room.

Maxwell will also read from his new book, “Complete Poems, Claude McKay” and sign books at the Sullivan-Taylor Coffee House in Macomb at 5:30 April 28.

Both events are open free to the public.

Maxwell is the director of English Graduate Studies and an associate professor of English and the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He earned his bachelor’s degree in English from Columbia University in New York and his master’s and doctoral degrees from Duke University in North Carolina. In addition to the introductions and annotations in the Claude McKay book, Maxwell has also written the book, “New Negro, Old Left: African American Writing and Communism Between the Wars,” which was named an “Outstanding Academic Book” in 2000 by Choice. Maxwell has also published numerous articles and chapters in scholarly journals.

Maxwell’s visit is co-sponsored by the Visiting Lecturers Committee, Western’s English and journalism department, the department of sociology and anthropology, Copperfield and Co. Bookstore and the Sullivan-Taylor Coffeehouse. For more information, call 309/298-1289 or e-mail , or

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