How do you pen the perfect children's book? And how do you find the perfect press to publish it? Join children's and middle grade authors Caroline Akervick, Julie Bowe and Becky Wojahn (W.H. Beck) for a panel discussion on a range of topics in the children's writing world: from who hires the illustrator to how to make a living in stories. Moderated by author Rob Reid.
Caroline Akervik is an elementary school librarian and an author of middle grade and young adult fiction. She agrees with C.S. Lewis that "A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest." Her works include White Pine, A Horse Named Viking, and the soon-to-be released young adult novella, Summer Snow. Caroline and her sister, Ruth Rankin, are coauthors of the Halcyon: A Sentinel Novel, a young adult science fiction novel.
Julie Bowe is the author of the Friends for Keeps series and the Victoria Torres, Unfortunately Average series. Her first novel, My Last Best Friend, won the Paterson Prize for Books for Young People and was a 2010 Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program book. Her newest middle-grade novel, Big & Little Questions (According to Wren Jo Byrd), is receiving a warm welcome from reviewers, including a starred review from Publishers Weekly.
W.H. Beck (Becky Wojahn) is the author of award-winning humorous middle grade mysteries, like Malcolm at Midnight and Malcolm Under the Stars, and nonfiction picture books, like Glow: Animals with Their Own Night-Lights. She likes her stories with a dose of mystery and a dash of wonder.
Tis the season for celebrating good tidings and cheer! Join local writers, storytellers and the UKE Klub for an evening of fun, fellowship, songs and stories. Ugly holiday sweaters strongly encouraged!
After penning over 300 personal columns for Volume One, writer Mike Paulus has come to a simple conclusion: nobody really cares what he thinks about life. Figuring out what they do care about – and if he can offer it – is a moving target that has shaped his writing over the past 14 years. What began as a simple column in a friend's zine soon grew to become a beloved part of Wisconsin culture, earning Paulus regional recognition and regular spots on Wisconsin Public Radio’s Wisconsin Life and Central Time. Join Mike Paulus to discover how his style, skills (and attitude) have evolved over the years, as he offers practical tips for the most important writerly lesson of all: how to start with a blank page and deliver by deadline week after week.
Mike Paulus has worked in local publishing for almost two decades. He's been an editor with Volume One Magazine for over 10 years, where his "Rear End" column has appeared since 2004. He also hosts Volume One's "Let's Be Honest" grownup storytelling night. He's a frequent contributor to Wisconsin Public Radio's Wisconsin Life program, and he's hosted multiple cat shows. He grew up on the west side of Eau Claire, but he lives on the Eastside Hill with his wife and two kids.
Wisconsin People & Ideas magazine editor Jason A. Smith discusses the ways in which writers can harness the power of storytelling to create compelling articles, essays, blogs, profiles, even e-mails. Smith will explore how to craft gripping ledes and incorporate dramatic elements that captivate readers. He will also provide insight on how to translate complex subjects for, and explain abstract ideas to, general audiences.
Jason A. Smith is the associate director of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters and editor of its quarterly magazine of Wisconsin thought and culture, Wisconsin People & Ideas. Before joining the Wisconsin Academy in 2008, Jason was the managing editor of The Common Review, the quarterly magazine of the Great Books Foundation in Chicago. Jason has over seventeen years of experience in book and magazine publishing, and has advised on a number of publications by the Great Books Foundation, the Project on Civic Reflection at Valparaiso University, and the American Library Association.
With generous support by the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library.
What happens when we give 6 readers 6 minutes to share their finest work? Welcome to 6x6, a reading series sponsored by the Chippewa Valley Writers Guild and hosted by Jan Carroll.
Featuring Billy Krause, Kathie Schneider, John Walker, Ron Davis, CeCelia Zorn, and Yvette Flaten.
Theme: Work and Play
What happens when we give 6 readers 6 minutes to share their finest work? Welcome to 6x6, a reading series sponsored by the Chippewa Valley Writers Guild and hosted by Jan Carroll. Our second reading will be part of the P10 Festival at River Prairie Park. Help us celebrate all the things the Chippewa Valley citizens are passionate about--including writing!
Featuring Bruce Taylor, Patti See, Charlotte Kupsh, Dan Lyksett, Stephanie Turner and Candace Hennekens. Hosted by Jan Carroll.
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Unless your work appears on the front page of a newspaper or alongside pictures in a children’s book, your words are inky black letters floating on a sea of white pages. But that doesn’t mean you can’t help readers envision your stories in full color. On May 16th at The Local Store, come learn several techniques for bringing your writing to life in full color--both literally and figuratively! Sometimes toying with a variety of creative pursuits can entice our muses to show up in interesting ways. Experiment, play, and paint with words in the company of your fellow word nerds in this one hour workshop led by UWEC grad and self published author, Amanda Zieba.
This is a FREE event but registration is required. SIGN UP here.
No writer likes to be told to "cut this" or "change that." After all, shouldn't the writer know the work best? But what happens when a sharp-eyed editor enters the process? How can this additional voice influence the work?
Though the relationship between writers and editors can often feel adversarial, it needn't. In fact, it can make for a better piece--when both sides are listening. Join Volume One editor Tom Giffey and writers Karen Olson and Cathy Sultan for a candid conversation on how to navigate this important relationship for the benefit of the work.
Karen J. Olson, a freelance writer for over twenty years, has worked with editors at the local and national level in magazines, anthologies, and books. She has written inspirational, informational, and technical pieces as well as chapters for other authors’ books (creating a scenario with both professional and ... ahem ... amateur editorial suggestions). She has ghostwritten various works, which is an entirely different editorial dynamic, and has even worn the editorial cape at times.
Originally from Washington, D.C., Cathy Sultan moved to Beirut with her Lebanese husband and two children in 1969. Civil war began in 1975. After eight years under the bombs, they returned to the US in 1983. Her memoir, A Beirut Heart: One Woman’s War, was published in 2005 and awarded Best Autobiography by The USA “Best Books of 2006.” Next came two books of nonfiction on the Middle East. In 2013 The Syrian, Sultan’s first work of fiction was published by Calumet Editions in Minneapolis. Damascus Street, the sequel to The Syrian is due to be published in April 2018.
Tom Giffey is the managing editor for Volume One. In addition, he previously served as the editorial page editor at The Leader-Telegram.
At 7PM on Saturday, May 5 at The Metro, join the "Bend in the River" cast for a live performance of the final two episodes! Don't miss out on the stunning conclusion!
Missed an episode or two? Not to worry! We'll get you caught up with a recap before the performance! Tickets on sale soon!
This show is made possible by a partnership between Blugold Radio 99.9 and the Chippewa Valley Writers Guild with generous support from the Eau Claire Community Foundation.
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On April 26 at 6PM, join students from Chippewa Valley Technical College and the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, as well as representatives from the CVWG, for an evening of words and waffles at SHIFT Cyclery and Coffee Bar (615 Graham Avenue). Bring a short piece (3-5 minutes, please) or simply sit back and enjoy!
Join poet Leila Chatti for an evening of poetry.
Leila Chatti was born in 1990 in Oakland, California. A Tunisian-American dual citizen, she has lived in the United States, Tunisia, and Southern France. She is the author of the chapbooks Ebb (New-Generation African Poets) and Tunsiya/Amrikiya, the 2017 Editors’ Selection from Bull City Press. Her poems have received awards and recognition from Ploughshares, Narrative Magazine, The Georgia Review, North American Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, Third Coast, Nimrod, Southword Journal, and Best of the Net, and appear in Best New Poets, Ploughshares, Tin House, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Georgia Review, New England Review, Kenyon Review Online, GulfCoast, The Missouri Review, Cincinnati Review, Prairie Schooner, TriQuarterly, West Branch, Pleiades, Narrative, The Rumpus, and other journals and anthologies.
No registration is required.
Co-sponsored by the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library
In Mary Karr’s The Art of Memoir she states, “In memoir the heart is in the brain . . . self-awareness and faith in the power of truth gives you courage to reveal whatever you unearth” regardless of how you come out looking. This craft talk will focus on how using scene, form, and revision can help memoir and nonfiction writers represent themselves, their companions, and place with honesty and complexity. Using her experience writing Daughter in Retrograde: A Memoir Courtney will share her own process and answer questions.
Courtney Kersten is the author of Daughter in Retrograde a memoir forthcoming from the University of Wisconsin Press in 2018. Her essays can be seen or are forthcoming from River Teeth, Brevity, The Normal School, Hotel Amerika, DIAGRAM, The Sonora Review, Black Warrior Review, The Master’s Review, and elsewhere.Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, an AWP Intro Award, and she was the 2016 Writer-In-Residence at the Great Basin Writer’s Residency in Baker, Nevada. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Idaho where she was awarded a Grace/Nixon Fellowship and the Writing in the Wild Fellowship. She has also been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to Riga, Latvia, where she researched Baltic performing arts and literature.
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Submissions for issue #2 open March 1st, and that makes us want to celebrate. So, we're throwing a party! On March 15th, join us at The Volume One Gallery to get to know our staff, have all your questions about submissions answered, and whoop it up in anticipation of issue #2. This party will feature short readings from members of our staff, a panel with editors answering your questions about the submission process and FREE STUFF!
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What happens when we give 6 readers 6 minutes to share their finest work? Welcome to 6x6, a new reading series sponsored by the Chippewa Valley Writers Guild. Our inaugural reading will feature Jennifer Hazen, Jennifer Golat, Aimee Johnson, Anders Shafer, Paul Thomas, and Dan Zerr. Hosted by Jan Carroll
What makes this reading series unique? Readers will only ever read for this series once. That's right. Every reader receives six minutes total. For the entirety of this series. In this way, we're always welcoming new readers to the mic, and taking our turn supporting those writers, too.
For many, sports are a passion, but how does one capture that passion on the page? What techniques do sports writers use to offer readers the same riveting experience as watching the game up close? Join Leader-Telegram sports reporter Nick Erickson and author Joe Niese for a lively panel discussion on how to start, endure, and ultimately cross the finish line with your sports writing.
Joe Niese is a librarian and award-winning sports historian. He has written numerous articles and two books: Burleigh Grimes: Baseball's Last Legal Spitballer and Handy Andy: The Andy Pafko Story. His next book, tentatively titled, Gus Dorais: Gridiron Innovator, is due out fall, 2018. He lives in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin.
Nick Erickson is a sports writer for the Leader-Telegram and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Featuring: peanuts, crackerjacks, and cold ones!
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Swing by the Oxbow Hotel for an evening of brief readings of original work by Winter Writers' Weekend participants! Support local writers and those who've come from afar! Meet the writers-in-residence, too.
So grab a drink, bring a friend, and settle in. We'll save a seat for ya!
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Incandescence was inspired by the need for warmth on a cold winter’s night. The word “incandescence” refers to something emitting both light and warmth. Eau Claire Dance Festival seeks to further explore this idea, considering what things in life make us feel brightness or warmth. Incandescence seeks to synthesize modern dance, music, and writing all into one cohesive performance. The three choreographed pieces relate to inspiration and physical heat. The third piece enumerates on coming to the light after a dark struggle. The fourth portion is improvisational and relies on the words and phrases given by the writers to inspire the movements. Incandescence will feature three musicians, including Jeremy Boettcher, Tim Sullivan, and Josh Gallagher, as well as four writers, namely Jason Splichal, Andy Patrie, Julian Emerson, and BJ Hollars. The dancers include Zoe Plewa, Christy Dobbratz, Jacob Nehrbass, and Eau Claire Dance Festival director Emily Emerson.
Doors open at 7:00. The event begins at 7:30 and will last around one hour including intermission. Cost is $10. Beer and wine will be available for purchase.
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No matter what, why, or for whom we write, we employ some basic skills: observation, memory, imagination, and research. Join former Eau Claire Poet Laureate Bruce Taylor for some prompts, exercises, games, and/or lessons to help focus, practice, and improve those skills.
Bruce Taylor is Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire, where he has taught Creative Writing, Literature, and Film for over 35 years. He is the author of seven collections of poetry and editor of eight anthologies. His poetry and translations have appeared in such places as The Chicago Review, The Columbia Review, The Formalist, The Nation, The New York Quarterly, The Northwest Review, and Poetry. His fiction has appeared in such magazines as The Arabesque Review, Carve Magazine, Unlikely Stories, Slow Trains, The Vestal Review, and in anthologies such as Bar Stories, E2ink-1: the Best of the Online Journals, and You Have Time for This: Contemporary American Short-Short Stories.
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Join authors and storytellers from the Chippewa Valley Writers Guild (Allyson Loomis, John Hildebrand, Sarah Jayne Johnson and Kobi Shaw) and musicians from the Ukulele Klub for a holiday-themed evening of songs and stories.
Words hold weight, and when used effectively, have the power to heal, help, and inspire. But how do we find the right words to address the most pressing moral issues of our day? How can we “preach the gospel” of tolerance, diversity, and inclusivity without moralizing the message? Join representatives and religious scholars from a spectrum of faiths for a conversation and craft talk on how we can change our world for the better, one word at a time. This event made possible by the generous support of the Mahmoud S. Taman Foundation
Bob Lesniewski oblSB is a Benedictine Oblate. Bob now follows the daily " Rule of St.Benedict" that includes prayer, work and service, Lectio Divina, quiet time for reflection and conversation with God. Bob is the retired Area Director for Special Olympics. Currently he is a sub Teacher and Organizer for the Inter-Faith Prayer Services.
Rev. Julianne Lepp is the Minister for the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Eau Claire. She graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1996 with a B.A. in International Studies and a minor in Psychology. Her previous professional experience was primarily in finance.Graduating from Candler School of Theology in May 2010 with a Masters in Divinity, she concentrated on themes of Leadership and Community. While in seminary she also completed her UUA ministerial internship at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Atlanta where she gained rich experiences in religious education, worship, justice work, and small group ministry. While in Atlanta, Julianne also worked as a summer chaplain at Crossroads Community Homeless Ministry.
Dr. Asha Sen is a professor of postcolonial studies at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Her recent monograph *Postcolonial Yearning: Reshaping Spiritual and Secular Discourses in Contemporary Literature* (Palgrave MacMillan, 2013) focuses on the ways in which postcolonial aesthetics are becoming more influenced by faith-based traditions like Sufism and Buddhism. She is currently engaged in researching the adoption of spiritual traditions by postcolonial women authors in their attempts at effecting social change.
Dr. Charlene Burns is Professor of Philosophy & Religious Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where she has taught since 2001. She is the author of three books, more than forty journal articles, and editor of one volume of essays. She is currently working on her next book which explores the life and sermons of the Right Reverend Stephen Elliott, first bishop of Georgia (1841-1866) and the Presiding Bishop of the Protestant Episcopal Church, Confederate States of America to reveal the ways Christians have interpreted scripture to justify slavery and warfare.
Join writers, veterans, and veteran-writers as they share work related to American's War Experience.
The L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library in Eau Claire will highlight the local writing scene and writer resources at an upcoming event, “Write Here, Write Now: A Celebration of Local Writing,” on Saturday, November 11 starting at 1 p.m. The library will host several panel presentations by local writers and publishers as well as a writers reception. Then, the celebration will make its way down Dewey Street to The Gallery at The Oxbow for a public reading by selected local authors. All events are free of charge; books will be available to purchase.
Click here or see below for a complete list of panels and presentations.
Meet the Chippewa Valley Local Authors
1–1:45 p.m. | Eau Claire Room
Panelists: Julie Court, Dennis Miller, Steve Nelson, CeCelia Zorn. Moderated by Bill Callaghan.
The ABC’s of Reading: A Practical Guide to the Art and Deadly Craft of the Literary Reading
2–2:45 p.m. | Eau Claire Room
Panelists: Max Garland, BJ Hollars, Katie Vagnino
Publishing Near and Far: A Conversation on Finding the Right “Fit” for Your Work
3–3:45 p.m. | Eau Claire Room
Panelists: Eric Rasmussen, Jason Splichal, Bruce Taylor, Serena Wagner, Alexander Zitzner.
4–4:45 p.m. | Art Gallery, Second Floor Mezzanine
5:30–6:30 | The Gallery @ The Oxbow
A persona poem--like any aspiring poem--is an experiment in community engagement, an experiment in empathy, sensitivity, and style. But it's also an exploration of the balance between a poet's "voice" and the experience they write into. This reading and intermittent craft talk will focus on the fictional self, the self a poet crafts when they write in a voice not exactly their own.
Matthew Guenette is the author of three full length poetry collections: Vasectomania (University of Akron Press, 2017), American Busboy (University of Akron Press, 2011), and Sudden Anthem (Dream Horse Press, 2008). He is also the author of the chapbook Civil Disobedience (Rabbit Catastrophe Press, 2017). His poems have appeared in numerous journals and reviews, and he has had residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and the Hessen-Wisconsin Fellowship. A graduate of the MFA program at Southern Illinois University, Matt currently teaches composition and creative writing at Madison College in Madison, WI, where he lives with his wife, two kids, and a 20-lb cat named Butternut.
The Barstow & Grand literary journal seeks to fulfill a humble mission – to support the writers of the Chippewa Valley by offering an outlet for their creative writing, and to help them grow and professionalize their craft through the process of submission. After a year of hard work, our first issue, featuring a broad and impressive cross-section of Western Wisconsin writers, is ready for release. Our debut reading will feature several fiction, nonfiction, and poetry authors whose work appears in issue one, and a discussion of the publication process with the editors. Stop down to pick up an issue, hear some incredible writing, and help us thank everyone who worked so hard to bring this project to life. With cake.
Want to start freelance writing but not sure where to begin? Have some ideas that need fine-tuning before you pitch? Listen to a seasoned freelancer talk about how to develop rough concepts into polished pitches and craft queries that editors will respond to. This talk will cover everything you need to know: who, when, where, and how to pitch, strategies for following up, how to balance freelancing with other work, and what you can expect to get paid. This craft talk is geared towards writers with some freelance experience, though beginners are also welcome. Editors are always looking for new voices -- get yours out there and make a little money, too!
Katie Vagnino is a poet, educator, and writer originally from St. Louis. She completed her MFA at Emerson College, and has been teaching creative writing and composition at UW-Eau Claire since 2013. She also teaches poetry workshops at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis. Her work has appeared in journals including Measure, Pleaides, Unsplendid, and the Raintown Review. For more, please visit www.katievagnino.com.
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At age nine, in the back seat of her grandmother's car on the way home from a funeral, Holly Harden began to write, and she's been writing ever since. Join Holly—a writer for Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion and the author of Good Food from Mrs. Sundberg’s Kitchen and Recipes for Gatherings from Mrs. Sundberg’s Kitchen—for an evening of fellowship, friendship, food and stories. All of which ought to be savored.
For the occasion, Chef Brent Halverson has prepared a meal inspired by the Midwestern “church social.” Enjoy new creative takes on many old favorites.
Dinner Rolls, Sweet Vidalia Cheese Dip, Pickled Vegetable Crudite, Stuffed Mushrooms
Mrs. Sundberg’s Wild Rice Soup, Bacon Jalapeno Cornbread Muffins, Tater Tot Hot Dish, Our Lady of Lourdes Hamburger Pie, German Potato Salad, Jello Fruit Salad, Autumn Mixed Green Salad
Grandma’s Lemon Bars 7 Layer Bars, Pecan Sandies, Rum Truffles , Amaretto Brownies, Snicker Salad
Holly Harden grew up in Fall Creek, Wisconsin, majored in English at St. Olaf College, and taught secondary English for nine years. In 2002, she earned an MFA in Writing from Hamline University. Holly’s nonfiction has appeared in Utne and Fourth Genre, and she edited Garrison Keillor’s Good Poems and Life Among the Lutherans. Her book, Good Food from Mrs. Sundberg’s Kitchen, was published by Adventure Publications in 2014, and Recipes for Gatherings from Mrs. Sundberg’s Kitchen (2015) is her second cookbook, and there are four more on the way. Holly lives in Minnesota, where she teaches literature and writing at the local high school, leads The Forest Lake Writer’s Workshop, writes a column with her friend Mrs. Sundberg, and bakes for whomever is around -- including her three grown children who visit now and then. Sometimes she sleeps, too. But only after the dishes are done.
Wisconsin Public Radio, the Eau Claire Regional Arts Center, and Chippewa Valley Restaurant Week.
All proceeds to benefit the Chippewa Valley Writers Guild
Julian Emerson, Dan Lyksett and Eric Lindquist present, "The Art of the Interview: Listening, Reporting, and Meeting a Deadline"
How do you find the heart of a human story? To get to the bottom of the hard-to-find truth? Join veteran Leader-Telegram reporters Julian Emerson, Dan Lyksett and Eric Lindquist as they offer tips and tricks for writing nonfiction, uncovering the story, and most of all, forging professional relationships with subjects."
Join author Amanda Zieba in this hour and a half workshop in which writers will work to craft a short story, starting with idea generation and working all the way to publication options. Specific focus and attention will be paid to the story elements of character, setting and conflict. Participants should bring a laptop or favorite notebook and pen and look forward to a fun evening of writing and new word nerd friends.
Cost: $10 at the door.
Join NOTA and the Chippewa Valley Writers Guild for an evening of poetry and popcorn in celebration of National Poetry Month. Bring a beloved poem to share--one you've penned yourself or simply always held close to your heart. Open to all ages, levels, and popcorn lovers.
Speculative fiction is a strange catch-all genre. What does it mean? What counts as speculative fiction and (perhaps more importantly) how do you write it and sell it? From science fiction to fantasy to horror, speculative fiction is a wide field that thrives on imagining different worlds, and on imagining our world differently. Find out if speculative fiction is right for you and discover your own answer to the question, "Why speculate?"
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Eric Rasmussen presents, "The People You Meet When You Write: Tips For Cultivating Your Most Important Asset As A Writer"
Writers need other writers. We challenge each other. We commiserate with each other. We connect and network and create opportunities for each other. Putting words on a page may be a solitary pursuit, but becoming a better (and published!) writer is not. This craft talk will feature a discussion of opportunities for connecting with writers locally, nationally, and online. Participants will receive tips for making the most of those connections, maximizing the time they have available for writing communities, and how to turn those investments into writing and publishing success.
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All stories are fueled by conflict, but in some stories that conflict can be personified as a villain, a bad apple, an agitator, a liar, a usurper, a creep. In this session we will talk about the uses of villains in stirring up stories, and how one might go about creating a villain, employing a villain and maybe even humanizing a villain. We'll look at different sorts of entry points for villains in stories and how one might hope to neutralize a villain, in the end.
How BAD can you be? Come join Allyson Loomis and your fellow writers to find out!
To sign up for Allyson's summer residency at Cirenaica ("Stranger than Fiction: On Writing Narrative Nonfiction and Memoir"), click here!
Join Drs. Katherine Schneider and CeCelia Zorn-- both local, self-published authors-- as they explore the many facets of self-publishing to help you decide if it's for you. Presenters will describe the pros and cons of self-publishing, as well as offer insight on crucial author decisions, from choosing a publisher to marketing one's book.
If you need disability accommodation for the program, please contact Katherine Schneider two weeks in advance of the session at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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