April 15, 2016

Reading from “Beautiful Zero” among Women of Substance festival events

Francine Conley, Taiyon Coleman and Jennifer Willoughby ’92 will read from their poetry.

As part of The O’Shaughnessy festival marking the 20th anniversary Women of Substance, St. Kate’s will host a poetry reading Wednesday, April 20, noon–1 p.m. in Coeur de Catherine’s Rauenhorst Ballroom.

The poetry reading features alumna Jennifer Willoughby ’92, whose first book, Beautiful Zero, won the 2015 Lindquist & Vennum Prize in Poetry; prolific African-American poet Taiyon Coleman, the newest addition to St. Kate’s English faculty; and Francine Conley, associate professor of French and author of the chapbook, How Dumb the Stars.

This event is free and open to the public.

​More about the Women of Substance Festival

Since 1996, The Women of Substance series showcases women’s ideas, amplifies their voices and honors their place on life’s stage. These artists, thinkers and change makers challenge the status quo, make us look at the world in new ways, drive us toward a deeper understanding of ourselves and spur our own sense of purpose and action.

The O’Shaughnessy’s acclaimed Women of Substance series celebrates 20 years next season. As a prelude to that milestone, St. Catherine University presents “Charting a Course: Women’s Journeys,” the first Women of Substance Festival (WoS Fest). The festival runs through April 24. A full list of Women of Substance festival events can be found on The O’Shaughnessy’s website.