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For even now, my friends, I craft a spell, ensnaring those who wander in its core, some caught off guard by the ethereal knell, some there on purpose, always craving more.

For words and thoughts contain within them pow’r, and if you’d like some sampling on your tour, come afternoon, upon the seventh hour of Thursday, Sept. 18, bite on the lure.

That’s when local authors Mary Stewart Atwell and Paula C. Lowe will read from their work in Room 249 of the Pilling Computer Science Building of Cal Poly.

Atwell moved to San Luis Obispo only recently, to take up the mantle of Cal Poly English Department Creative Writing Professor. From her creative hand the novel Wild Girls was brought into existence.

Wild Girls, which Atwell will read passages from during this event, “is not for the sheepish reader,” said fellow author Karen Russell.

“Fire-lit from start to finish, Wild Girls is a story of Appalachian magic, conflagration, and supernatural violence,” Russell said. “It is also a quiet and keenly perceptive account of the close ties (and the noose knots) that bind adolescent female friendships.”

Paula C. Lowe, poet, editor, publisher has been a resident of the area for many years. Her poetry has been featured in many literary magazines and anthologies. moo, her latest novel was released earlier this year and is in fact not a capitalized book title. More appealing to a general audience, and with a focus on early 20th century immigrants to the U.S., moo is the work that Lowe has chosen to read for this event.

Marsha de la O of the journal Askew has been quoted as saying of Lowe’s work: “Time nearly stops in the field of these poems with their stunning centripetal force. Each moment lasts!”

Parking passes for Cal Poly cost $5, but this event itself is free and open to the public.

For those struggling with the opening poetry of this column, this Cal Poly Summer Reading Event will be held on Thursday, Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. Here’s to the literary forces of past, present, and yet to come.

Whatever inspires you, be it children’s poetry, a single word, maybe two, or something as simple and deep as the ripples in a roadside puddle that the little drops of Egyptian rain leave behind, embrace that other and show the world how beautiful you really are.

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