UCF Creative Writing faculty Jamie Poissant and Pat Rushin will read from their recently published books at The Cypress Dome Society's Faculty Reading event Tuesday.

The event will be held in room 204 of Classroom Building 2 at 4:30 p.m and will feature Poissant and Rushin reading from their respective works, The Heaven of Animals and The Call: A Virtual Parable.

"A lot of people want to know that step between starting off somewhere and then essentially making it in 'the big-time,'" Cassia Hinds, treasurer of the Cypress Dome said. "This is a very interesting example of two people who've done very well for themselves in the literary community and are still very much connected to their school and I feel like this would be a good opportunity to speak with someone tangibly in the school about what they went through to get where they went and what motivated them to stay here."

Poissant's The Heaven of Animals was named one of Amazon's Best Short Story Collections of 2014 and has won several other awards, according to the Cypress Dome event page, and his work has been featured in The Atlantic and Playboy Magazine.

Rushin's The Call is a novella based on a screenplay he wrote titled, The Zero Theorem, which was made into a film directed by Terry Gilliam and starring Christoph Waltz, Tilda Swinton and Matt Damon.

"The Cypress Dome is all about anything literary. We're trying to encourage people to write [and] put it in a magazine because a lot of the faculty here started in their own literary magazines and now look at them: Jamie has a book that's a best seller; Pat Rushin has this movie and a book on top of it. So it's more to just show [students] that it really pays off," Hinds said.


Alex Wexelman is a Senior Staff Writer for the Central Florida Future.

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