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A-State Closed on Jan. 16 due to winter precipitation.

Arkansas State University is closed today, Tuesday, Jan. 16, due to winter precipitation. All winter response staff members are requested to report to their duty stations.

Overnight, snow fall made conditions for students, faculty and staff hazardous.

"Our administrative team determined the snowfall was going to be heavier than forecast and while today was scheduled to be the first day of class for the spring 2018 semester, I've decided it is best that we cancel classes for today," Chancellor Kelly Damphousse said.

All classes at the Jonesboro and Paragould locations are cancelled. Online classes continue.

While offices and classes are closed, university residential life areas continue to operate to support the on-campus student population.

Important Updates

  • The American Spiritual Ensemble will perform at Fowler Center's Riceland Hall tonight at 7:30pm.
  • For students living on-campus, Acansa Dining Hall will operate under "brunch hours" with service from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and then 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • ETS testing candidates that were scheduled for today should contact the Testing Center in the Reng Student Union at 972-2038 when A-State reopens and they will assist with rescheduling.
  • The Red WOLF Center will open today on winter weather hours of noon until 5 p.m.
  • Dean B. Ellis Library is closed all day today.

For updates on A-State events, please check the university’s official website AState.edu or social media feeds, Facebook.com/ArkansasState or @ArkansasState on Twitter.

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Writers Complete Retreat at Hemingway-Pfeiffer


PIGGOTT — Eleven talented writers from five states came together to hone their skills and form a community in Northeast Arkansas at the 2017 Fall Writers’ Retreat. The retreat was at the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum & Educational Center (HPMEC) at the site where Ernest Hemingway penned much of his iconic novel A Farewell to Arms.

2017 Fall Writers' Retreat
Fall Writers’ Retreat Participants include (from left) Fay Guinn of Jonesboro, Peter Donadio of Boston, Mass., Linda Wyss of Piggott, June Baker Jefferson of Fayetteville, Pat Carr, mentor, of Fayetteville, Mike Smith of Floral, Glenda Gabhart of Scottsville, Ky., Brenda Collier of Piggott, Pat Laster of Benton, Ginny Masullo of Fayetteville, Cole L.B. Benton Jr. of Springfield, Mo., and Patricia Moore of Sarasota, Fla.

Author Pat Carr served as mentor for the retreat. Carr, who has Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from Rice University, and a Ph.D. from Tulane, has taught writing and literature in universities and workshops across the country. She has published 16 books, including The Women in the Mirror, winner of the prestigious Iowa Fiction Award, and Death of a Confederate Colonel, winner of both the PEN Southwest Fiction Award and John Estes Cooke Civil War Fiction Award.

She has had over 100 short stories published in The Southern Review and Best American Short Stories. Her most recent books are a memoir, One Page at a Time (2010), a how-to text, Writing Fiction with Pat Carr (2010), a novella, The Radiance of Fossils (2012), and a collection of short stories, The House on Prytania (2014). 

Writers at the retreat began each day with a group session and discussed various aspects of the craft of writing.  They had the opportunity to write on their own time around the grounds, including in Hemingway’s studio.  They enjoyed lunch at the educational center and ended the afternoon with a group meeting to reflect, share and discuss the processes used by each writer.  This format allowed writers time to focus on their own creative interests, to receive feedback on their work, and to form relationships with other writers. 

Writers’ Retreats are held twice annually at the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum in Piggott.  The next retreat is scheduled June 4-8, 2018.  For more information, contact the museum at (870) 598-3487 or email museum director Adam Long at adamlong@AState.edu.