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Golden Wright, a native Texan, received his Master of Fine Arts in Dance and Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Sam Houston State University. Some of the companies Mr. Wright performed for include Ballet Arkansas, Ballet Austin, Ballet Forte, Beaumont Ballet Theatre, Corpus Christi Concert Ballet, Ballet Forte, Gobel School of Dance, Texas World Dance, Sam Houston Dance Company, Corpus Christi Ballet, Concert Christi Concert Ballet, Lamar Dance Company, Venecia Studio and the Victoria Ballet Theatre. Wright

toured and performed in Tanzsommer, Austria and has trained in New York and at the Joffrey Workshop in San Antonio. Kisler Hathaway Whitworth was a performing member of LCCB for many years. She studied dance with many dance masters including Madame Natalie Krassovska, and with companies such as the Dallas Metropolitan Ballet and City Ballet of Houston. She attended the Ballet Teaching Seminar at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo and was associate director of LCCB under Lady Leah from

1987-1992. Her work this summer included the staging of significant portions of the story ballet Cinderella, which will be performed as part of LCCB’s Assemblé 2014 and feature the Lake Charles Symphony. For more information or to become a sponsor visit www.lakecharlescivicba llet.com, follow @LC_CivicBallet on Twitter, visit www.facebook.com/lakecharlesci vicballet, email us at info@lakecharlescivicba llet.com or call Kelly Gifford at 337.802.5779 or Rhonda Chargois at (337) 842-6930.

McNeese Alumnus Receives Poetry Fellowship McNeese State University alumnus Michael Shewmaker has received a 2013 Wallace Stegner Fellowship in Poetry from Stanford University. Shewmaker is a 2010 graduate of McNeese’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program and a doctoral candidate at Texas Tech University. 2013 Pulitzer Prize winner Adam Johnson – who is also a McNeese MFA alumnus - was a recipient of this prestigious fellowship. The celebrated writer and environmentalist Stegner founded the Stanford Creative Writing Program and Writing Fellowships in 1946. The Stanford writing program offers 10 twoyear creative writing fellowships each year, five in fiction and five in poetry. This year, over 1,700 Volume 1 • Issue 1

writers apwas special. plied for “For the first these fellowtime in my life, ships. I was sur“The felrounded by lowship people who means a lot – cared as much particularly about writing as the time to I did. The writwrite and reers in the MFA vise, revise program were and write, to- Michael Shewmaker talented artists ward comand—as if that pleting my first wasn’t enough—extraormanuscript of poems dinary human beings. while studying at Stanford Many of my closest University,” Shewmaker friends I met while studysaid. ing in the creative writing After the fellowship, he program at McNeese,” he hopes to find a publisher stated. “Being in such an for his completed manuenvironment helped me script and to finish up his to grow as an artist and as doctorate at the same a person. I’m especially time. “More than anygrateful to all of the Mcthing, though, my goal Neese faculty in the crewill be to continue to ative writing department write the best poems that while I was there - Amy I can—the poems that Fleury, Morri Creech, only I can write,” he said. Neil Connelly, Keagan Shewmaker said his LeJeune and Jacob time spent at McNeese Blevins.” AUGUST 1, 2013

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