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U of M, Crookston to Host Author Basil Clark in Performance of “Starkle, Starkle, Little Twink” on Friday, March 27, 2009; Play begins at 7 p.m. in Kiehle Auditorium with Panel Discussion Following
February 9, 2009

Contact: Mark Huglen, associate professor, 218-281-8275 (,Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director of communications, 218-281-8432 (

Basil Clark, author and Vietnam veteran, will be performing in his play “Starkle, Starkle, Little Twink” on Friday, March 27, 2009, at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. The play will be performed at 7 p.m. in Kiehle Auditorium, and Clark will be joined by cast members from the campus and community. The event is free and the public is welcome. Donations will be accepted in support of veterans’ scholarships at the Crookston campus.

The “table” serves as a communication focal point in this powerful play that reflects on war in a postwar environment and on the daily struggles of living in human relationships. The idea of bringing everyday struggles to the table or an “alter” is included in Clark’s coauthored book, Poetic Healing: A Vietnam Veteran’s Journey from a Communication Perspective, which features critical commentary by coauthor and Associate Professor Mark Huglen, Ph.D., who teaches communication at the U of M, Crookston. The commentary on Clark’s plays and poems offers insight into problems of communication during Clark’s struggles with constant ringing in the ears – tinnitus – as well as with insight into competing orientations and conflict management while drawing on the teachings of Kenneth Burke, American literary theorist and philosopher.

A panel discussion will follow the performance and includes student Ken Mendez and Assistant Professor David Beard, Ph.D., from the University of Minnesota, Duluth, along with Clark and Huglen. Beard teaches writing studies on the Duluth campus, and his published book review of Poetic Healing appears in the prestigious Quarterly Journal of Speech. Mendez is a sophomore communication major at the U of M, Crookston, and Clark is also an associate professor of speech and theater at Pikeville College, Kentucky.

For more information, contact Huglen at 218-281-8275 (

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