The event is held in conjunction with the Quad Cities East West Riverfest!
The 2012 Retreat winners, novelist Janice Croom and poet Angela Narciso Torres, will read from their work on Friday, September 7, at 7 p.m. at the Midwest WritingCenter. The writers earned a one-week retreat at Benet House Retreat Center in Rock Island as part of MWC's annual Great River Writer's Retreat.
Janice Croom has been writing for 14 years. In that time she's completed three novels in her Kadence MacBride mystery series and plans to publish the series online later this year. Her first novel, Death of an Idiot Boss, placed second in the mainstream mystery category for the 2007 Daphne DuMaurier Award, and as a work in progress, was a semi-finalist for the James Jones Novel Fellowship. Her second book, Death of an Island Tart, won Go On Girl’s unpublished novel award in 2011, placed second in the romantic suspense category for the 2010 Linda Howard Award of Excellence, placed second in the romantic suspense category for the 2009 Daphne DuMaurier Award and was a semi-finalist for the 2008 Amazon/Penguin Breakout Novel Award.
Angela Narciso Torres was born in Brooklyn and grew up in Manila. Her poetry has appeared in Cimarron Review, The Collagist, Colorado Review, Cream City Review, Crab Orchard Review, North American Review, Rattle, and in several anthologies, most recently, A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry. She has received fellowships from the Ragdale Foundation and the Breadloaf Writers’ Conference. Her first book manuscript was recently shortlisted in the Crab Orchard, Philip Levine, and Brittingham and Pollak poetry prize contests and is currently under publication consideration. A graduate of the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers, she lives in Chicago where she co-edits the award-winning poetry journal, RHINO, and teaches poetry workshops.