Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Acclaimed author, Texas A&M University professor to be Kruse Readership Series speaker

KINGSVILLE - February 22, 2011

Contact: Adriana Garza
adriana.garza@tamuk.edu or 361-593-4979

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The Third Annual Lucille Kruse Reading Series at Texas A&M University-Kingsville is about to kick off by welcoming this year’s reader, Angie Cruz. Cruz is the third creative writer brought to campus through the series. Cruz will host a creative writing workshop at 4:30 p.m. Thursday March 3, and will read from her works at 6 p.m. that same day. Both of these events are free and open to the public.

The novelist is originally from New York and is an assistant professor at Texas A&M University.

During Cruz’s visit, she will host a creative writing workshop and meet with students and faculty who choose to attend. 

“She is a writer and she teaches, so I’ll just bring her in and turn her loose,” Downs said.

Cruz is the author of Soledad, which was published in 2001. In the novel, a woman feels pulled in all directions by demands of other people. Cruz's latest work is a book called Let It Rain Coffee. It’s based on immigrants from the Dominican Republic whose lives are haunted by Rafael Trujillo—the strong-armed dictator who ruled the island for more than 30 years.

Cruz also will meet with a Pre-AP Spanish class at Academy High School to encourage students to continue their study in Spanish and emphasize the importance of writing in academics and beyond.

The Lucille Kruse Reading Series, named in honor of language and literature department supporter Lucille Kruse, strives to bring notable authors to campus to read their works. Last year’s reader was poet Paul Christensen, whose intense poetry addresses worldwide human rights issues. The first Kruse lecturer was California novelist Michael Nava.


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