FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                        Date: March 14, 2003

         Contact: Donna McCracken, 206-6716


UIS faculty member to read from her new book of poetry

SPRINGFIELD The English program at the University of Illinois at Springfield will present faculty member Rosina Neginsky reading from her new book of poetry, Under the Light of the Moon, at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 27, in the Public Affairs Center restaurant on the UIS campus.

A reception and book signing will follow; both the reading and reception are free and open to the public.

Neginsky is also the author of another book of poetry, Dancing Over the Precipice. Her forthcoming academic work includes a book on the important but little known Symbolist writer Zinaida Vengerova.

Neginsky holds degrees from the University of Paris III and earned the Ph.D. in comparative literature at the University of Illinois at Urbana‑Champaign. Under the Light of the Moon was published in New York by Slovo-Word.

The UIS English program will also host its annual Verbal Arts Festival from April 21-26. Scheduled events include readings from the latest edition of campus literary magazine The Alchemist Review, an open mic night, performances by Writers’ Repertory, a brown-bag lecture on “How to Start Getting Published” by author Martha Miller, the second program in the Everson Lecture Series, a two-day European film festival, and a performance by the Verbal Arts Players of James Joyce’s Dubliners: Four Movements. All events in the Verbal Arts Festival are free and open to the public.

For more information about the poetry reading or the festival, contact the English program at 206-6779.