1st Annual Payton Prize Reading

Thanks to everyone who came out on a snowy Thursday afternoon to support and celebrate the work of two amazing writers, Tammy Delatorre and Erin Mercurio. 2-25-15 Payton Prize Awards Reading 023

Tammy Delatorre read her essay “Out of the Swollen Sea,” which was selected by Cheryl Strayed as the winner of the national competition, and which is now published in The Rumpus.2-25-15 Payton Prize Awards Reading 018

Erin Mercurio read “Inference to the Best Explanation: Muons, Electron Beams, and Circuit Construction,” which was selected by William Bradley.

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It was my honor to introduce these two fantastic writers, and to participate in this reading held in memory of Payton James Freeman.

– Posted by Amy Letter


The Susan Glaspell Writers and Critics Reading Series brings writers and critics to Drake University to speak to students and give readings of their work and ideas.

All of our events are free and open to the public.