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Pulaski Tech’s Big Rock Reading Series returns
Pulaski Tech’s Big Rock Reading Series returns

Pulaski Technical College’s Big Rock Reading Series returns Feb. 19 with the first of three reading events featuring writers from central Arkansas and beyond.

Reading events are planned for Feb. 19, March 28 and April 19. All events take place in the RJ Wills Lecture Hall in the Campus Center, on the college’s main campus in North Little Rock at 3000 West Scenic Drive. After each reading, there will be a question-and-answer with the author and a book signing. All events are free and open to the public.

The reading series kicks off Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 6 p.m. with readings by poets Carolyn Guinzio and Davis McCombs. Guinzio, a Chicago native, lives in Fayetteville and is the poetry editor of Yew: A Journal of Innovative Writing & Images by Women. She is the author of West Pullman, and the chapbooks Untitled Wave and a liss and is currently working on a collection called The Pines.

 McCombs also lives in Fayetteville where he directs the MFA Program at the University of Arkansas. He has written two collections, Ultima Thula and Dismal Rock. Before moving to Arkansas, McCombs worked for 10 years as a park ranger at Mammoth Cave National Park.

On March 28, Arkansas native Carla Killough McClafferty, a young adult nonfiction writer, will be on campus at 6 p.m. The Big Rock Reading Series concludes April 19 with readings at 11 a.m. by poets Martha Silano and Johnathon Williams.

 Pulaski Tech’s Big Rock Reading Series takes its name from the college’s geographic location. In 1721-1722  French explorer Jean-Baptiste Benard de La Harpe claimed the north bank of the Arkansas River for France and dubbed a large rock formation “Le Rocher Francais,” or the French Rock. The formation later became known as the Big Rock, now a less famous companion to the Little Rock on the south side of the river, according to the Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture. Today, Pulaski Tech occupies a portion of the Big Rock.

 This Big Rock Reading Series is supported in part by a grant from the Arkansas Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

 For more information, contact Sandy Longhorn at (501) 812-2302 or via e-mail at slonghorn@pulaskitech.edu