Why Choose BA/MA?

With the deadline for the BA/MA program this upcoming Wednesday, March 15, several current BA/MA students were asked why they decided to apply and what they love most about the program. If you needed more than one reason to apply yourself, here it … [Continue reading]

Sarah Manguso to Read March 22

Join us Wednesday, March 22, at 7:30 p.m. in the Foster Auditorium as Sarah Manguso is set to read as this year's Fischer Family Writer-in-Residence. Manguso is the author of five books of prose, including Ongoingness, a meditation on motherhood … [Continue reading]


From February 8-11, 2017, more than 12,000 attendees will gather in Washington, DC, for the largest literary conference in North America, sponsored by the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP). Penn State Creative Writing faculty and … [Continue reading]

Rachel Cantor to Read February 16th

Join us this February 16th at 7:30 p.m. as esteemed author, Rachel Cantor, will read as part of the Mary E. Rolling Reading Series in Paterno Library's Foster Auditorium. Cantor is the author of two novels, A Highly Unlikely Scenario and Good on … [Continue reading]

Caitlin Horrocks to Read December 1

As part of the Mary E. Rolling Reading Series, Caitlin Horrocks will be reading this Thursday, December 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the Foster Auditorium. Caitlin Horrocks is author of the story collection This Is Not Your City. Her work appears in The New … [Continue reading]

Juan Felipe Herrera Readings/Interview Now Online

Select pieces from U.S. Poet Laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera's, reading from the Emily Dickinson Lecture are officially up on the Creative Writing YouTube channel! Be sure to check them out if you couldn't be with us this past October … [Continue reading]

Penn State Grad Ruth Ellen Kocher to Read November 3rd

Join us Thursday, Nov. 3 at 7:30 p.m. as award-winning poet, Ruth Ellen Kocher, a Penn State alumna who earned a bachelor of arts in English in 1990, will read as part of the Mary E. Rolling Reading Series in Paterno Library’s Foster … [Continue reading]

U.S. Poet Laureate to Deliver 2016 Emily Dickinson Lecture October 19th

Join us Wednesday, October 19th at 7:30 p.m. to hear United States Poet Laureate, PEN/Beyond Margins Award winner, and National Book Critics Circle Award winner Juan Felipe Herrera deliver this year’s Emily Dickinson Lecture in Paterno Library’s … [Continue reading]

Renovo, PA, the Focus of Documentary Writing and Photography Course

  A recently published article from Penn State News details the collaborative 400-level course taught last spring by writer, Julia Kasdorf, and photographer, Steven Rubin. The special-topics course combined both documentary writing and … [Continue reading]

BA/MA Welcome Back Potluck

This past Friday, BA/MA students and faculty gathered together for the first potluck of the year with great food and even better company. Sitting outside enjoying the beautiful weather, first years, second years, and professors alike caught up on … [Continue reading]

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