Press Release for Thursday, July 17, 2008

University of North Florida Arts Group Releases "EAT 2" CD

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102



EAT, a CD magazine based at the University of North Florida, is releasing its second CD, “EAT 2,” a CD of stories, poems and music, at 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 24, at Uncommon Grounds Coffee Company, located at 2000 Hendricks Avenue. This event is free and open to the public.

This latest edition of the CD magazine, which is an independent, not-for-profit enterprise created by artists for artists and the world-at-large, combines works by UNF students, faculty and alumni with local and international artists.

“This CD magazine is a brilliant project for everybody involved,” said EAT Editor Ann Marie Byrd, local author and former UNF creative writing student. “Students get hands-on experience recording performers and selecting artwork, while the artists get to appear on a CD with some pretty impressive people.”

“EAT 2” explores love and personal relationships from a mostly Southern perspective. The exception is the voice of award-winning Irish poet Eavan Boland, who speaks of the intimacy of war and the strength of relationships.

Carol D. O’Dell, author of “Mothering Mother,” cuts to the bone of heartbreak in the eternal mother-daughter struggle, serving it up with dollops of dark humor and slapstick, while Seth McGregor exposes a young man driven to comic extremes by unrequited love in “Reactions to Exposure.” Singer/songwriter Shawn Lightfoot offers up his lover’s promise on a haunting, oriental melody titled “Orange Blossom Tea.”

From the lyrical, sudden fictions of Vanessa Wells to the dark and unsettling whimsy of Michele Leavitt, “EAT 2” celebrates the ridiculous and the profound. Ben Wolfson mixes his examination of personal alienation with fantastic images of Martian penguins and poet Chris Dew sings the Zen of fishing and friendship.

UNF student Laura Hyman as well as UNF alumni Seth McGregor and Christine Utz along with Byrd serve as editors of the CD magazine, which is published in cooperation with River House, the Virtual Writers House of the University’s Writing Program.

The “EAT 2” CD costs $10 and can be purchased at the release event. For more information about the CD magazine or River House, contact Mark Ari, UNF Department of English, at mari@unf.edu.



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