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January 2017
Free

Poet James Brasfield to Read (Rolling Reading Series)

January 19 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Foster Auditorium, Paterno Library,
Penn State University
University Park, PA United States
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James Brasfield is the author of two poetry collections, Ledger of Crossroads and Infinite Altars, both available from LSU Press, and is translator of The Selected Poems of Oleh Lysheha. Twice a Senior Fulbright Fellow, he has received fellowships in poetry from The National Endowment for the Arts and The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a Pushcart Prize, and The PEN Award for Poetry in Translation, among other honors.  He teaches at Penn State.

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South African Poet and Penn State Professor Gabeba Baderoon to Read at the Bellefonte Art Museum

January 20 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

South African poet and Penn State professor, Gabeba Baderoon, is to read her new work as part of "Out Loud" at the Bellefonte Art Museum (113 North Allegheny St., Bellefonte, PA 16823) on Friday, January 20th at 7:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Bellefonte Historical and Cultural Association (bellefontearts.org) and the Bellefonte Art Museum for Centre County (bellefontemuseum.org)  

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February 2017
Free

Fiction Writer Rachel Cantor to Read as part of Rolling Reading Series

February 16 @ 7:30 pm
Foster Auditorium, Paterno Library,
Penn State University
University Park, PA United States
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Rachel Cantor is the author of the novels Good on Paper (Melville House 2016) and A Highly Unlikely Scenario (Melville House 2014). Two dozen of her stories have appeared in the Paris Review, One Story, Kenyon Review, New England Review, and elsewhere. She has worked in five continents but now makes her home in Brooklyn, where she is completing her next novel.

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March 2017
Free

Reading by Sarah Manguso, Fisher Family Writer in Residence

March 22 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Foster Auditorium, Paterno Library,
Penn State University
University Park, PA United States
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Sarah Manguso is the author of four books of prose including Ongoingness, a meditation on motherhood and time; The Guardians, an investigation of friendship and suicide; and The Two Kinds of Decay, a memoir of her experience with a chronic autoimmune disease. She is also the author of the poetry collections Siste Viator and The Captain Lands in Paradise, poems from which have won a Pushcart Prize and appeared in four editions of the Best American Poetry series. Her essays…

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Reading by Poet Cathy Park Hong

March 31 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
112 Chambers Buliding
University Park, PA 16802 United States
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See Facebook event for details.

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April 2017
Free

Evening of Pennsylvania Poets

April 20 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Foster Auditorium, Paterno Library,
Penn State University
University Park, PA United States
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Readings by selected Pennsylvania poets, including the Penn State English Department's James Brasfield. All poets will sign their books and (free!) posters after the event. See Facebook event for more details.

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September 2017
Free

Reading by Poet Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon

September 7 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Foster Auditorium, Paterno Library,
Penn State University
University Park, PA United States
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Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon is the author of Open Interval and Black Swan, winner of the 2001 Cave Canem Poetry Prize, as well as Poems in Conversation and a Conversation, a chapbook in collaboration with Elizabeth Alexander. Her work has appeared in such journals as African American Review, Callaloo, Crab Orchard Review, Gulf Coast, and Shenandoah. She is currently at work on a third collection, The Coal Tar Colors.  Van Clief-Stefanon earned her MFA  at Penn State and is currently associate professor of English at Cornell University.

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Reading by Novelist Chris Bachelder

September 14 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
113 Carnegie Building,
University Park, PA
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Chris Bachelder’s fourth novel, The Throwback Special, was a finalist for the 2016 National Book Award in fiction. He was awarded the Terry Southern Prize for humor from The Paris Review, as well as an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Bachelder, who teaches at the University of Cincinnati, is also the author of the novels Bear v. Shark, U.S.!, and Abbott Awaits.  (Co-sponsorship for this reading is provided by the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism and The Paterno Family Professorship.) More on Penn State…

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October 2017
Free

Sheila Squillante Reading, Art of Poetry Series

October 4 @ 12:10 pm - 1:00 pm
Palmer Museum of Art,
University Park, PA, 16802
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Sheila Squillante is the author of the poetry collection, Beautiful Nerve (Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2016), and three chapbooks of poetry: In This Dream of My Father (Seven Kitchens, 2014), Women Who Pawn Their Jewelry (Finishing Line, 2012) and A Woman Traces the Shoreline (Dancing Girl, 2011).She is a graduate of Penn State's MFA program in creative writing and  teaches in the MFA program in creative writing at Chatham University, where she edits The Fourth River, a journal of nature and place-based writing.

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U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith to Read as 2017 Dickinson Lecturer

October 19 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir Ordinary Light (Knopf, 2015) and three books of poetry. Her collection Life on Mars won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize and was selected as a New York Times Notable Book. Duende won the 2006 James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets and an Essence Literary Award. The Body’s Question was the winner of the 2002 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. Smith was the recipient of a…

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