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Poet Dylan Loring is featured speaker for ‘Thursdays at the U’

| Linda Tollefsrud and Diane Walkoff

On March 17, poet Dylan Loring will read some of his best poems, which are often fictional, funny and conversational, as the featured speaker for UW-Eau Claire – Barron County’s “Thursdays at the U” lecture. The program will be from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the Blue Hills Lecture Hall (Room 234, Ritzinger Hall) on the Rice Lake campus.

Dylan Loring

Dylan Loring

A former lecturer at UW-Eau Claire – Barron County, Loring will discuss the writing process and stories behind several of his poems. In addition, he’ll read poems by his favorite poets and answer questions from the audience.

Loring is in the process of finishing his first collection, “This Smile is Starting to Hurt.” His poems have appeared in several journals, including Ninth Letter, New Ohio Review, North American Review, The Laurel Review and Forklift, Ohio.

Loring currently is pursuing a Ph.D. in creative writing at the University of Southern Mississippi, where he also teaches classes in composition. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa and an MFA from Minnesota State University, Mankato.

The “Thursdays at the U” weekly series is free and open to the public thanks to support from the UW-Eau Claire – Barron County Foundation. Neither seating reservations nor parking permits are needed for campus guests. Beginning March 12, masks are encouraged but not required on UW-Eau Claire campuses, including UW-Eau Claire – Barron County.

For more information about the series, call the campus at 715-788-6244 or email Dr. Linda Tollefsrud, the series organizer, at