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This Event is generously sponsored in part by the Associated Students of College of the Redwoods.

Friday, March 29, 2013
Life Science 102 Lecture Hall

Doors open at 6:30 pm
Reading begins at 7:00 pm 
Joe Abbott

Joe Abbot will read from his recently published first novel Dickeyville.

Joe Abbott’s first published short story appeared in Players, the “Black Playboy” magazine. Though not identified as such, the story was set in Arcata’s Redwood Park basketball court, a place he knows well. He was elated to see his name in a nationally-circulated magazine beneath the two-page graphic and title, “Midget the Pearl.”

Since then he has published other short stories and poems in literary publications; newspaper articles, including “best of” in the Chico News and Review; a couple professional journals including English Today; and essays including the current and 7th editions of McGraw Hill’s Improving Reading Skills. Recently I judged for Empirical magazine’s short fiction contest.

He teaches in language arts at Butte College. At UC Davis he served two years on the UC-Regent funded California Quarterly, the second year as fiction editor. Among works CQ published were winners of Best American, O. Henry, and other short fiction awards.

His undergraduate education began at College of the Redwoods, where he received an AA degree and a column, “Youngbloods,” in the Redwoodsman. That column served as a springboard into the language arts. It was also the genesis for his faith in the community college system.

Copies of his book Dickeyville will be available for purchase and signing at the event.

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