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PRESS 254 Book Launch Reading featuring alumni, local writers

Wednesday, May 1st 2019
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Event Description

Join PRESS 254 at the English Department’s Publications Unit for the Word Weavers Book Launch and Reading event, May 1.

This semester we will celebrate the publication of PRESS 254’s first full-length book: Tapestries: A Word Weavers Anthology of Stories, Poetry & Observations. This book is a collection of writing by the authors of Word Weavers—a local writing group for ages 55+ directed by Department of English alumna and colleague Dr. Irene Taylor, PhD ’18, and including School of Art alumnus and Milner Library Special Collections curator of Circus Collections Steve Gossard.

The event will take place at the Publications Unit in Williams Hall Annex at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 1 (doors open at 6:45 pm). Light snacks and refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public.

About PRESS 254

PRESS 254 is a teaching press and publishing workshop specializing in handmade chapbooks and uniquely designed books. All books and chapbooks are produced by a student staff of publishing studies or English studies students enrolled in English 254: Introduction to Professional Publishing, under the direction of Holms Troelstrup in the spring semesters. The students work through the entire production process to publish the book project—from copyediting, designing, and typesetting, all the way to marketing, planning, and hosting the launch reading.

About Word Weavers

Word Weavers is a local writing group for ages 55+ founded in 2012 and directed by Dr. Irene Taylor. Their mission is to provide an opportunity for members to share their writing and perform their pieces semiannually for the general public. Over the years, audiences have attended Word Weavers readings at various local venues including the YWCA McLean County, New Route Theatre, and Luther Oaks. Word Weavers authors contributing to Tapestries include Judith Boudreaux, V. Joseph Boudreaux, Ruthie Cobb, Steve Gossard, Barbara Findley Stuart, M. Irene Taylor, Jim Thorpe, and Juli Thorpe.

This event is sponsored by the English Department’s Publications Unit and PRESS 254 in association with Coalescence Theatre Project, @CoalescenceProject. For more information or accommodations, please contact Holms Troelstrup, assistant director of the Publications Unit, at jhtroel@ilstu.edu or 309-438-3025.

Colorful abstract cover with book title

Front cover of Tapestries (PRESS 254, 2019)

If you will need special accommodations, please contact the event organizer.


Holms Troelstrup, Assistant Director, Publications Unit


Publications Unit
Williams Hall Annex, 303 S. School Street
Normal, IL