Seamus McGraw Visit

On Wednesday, September 24, author Seamus McGraw visited Penn State University as part of the Mary E. Rolling Reading Series.  McGraw’s 2011 book The End of Country, a memoir/journalistic investigation, explored natural-gas drilling in McGraw's … [Continue reading]

Ito Romo Visit

Writer Ito Romo came to Penn State last week to kick off the Mary E. Rolling Reading Series. He’s pictured here at a Q&A in Bill Cobb’s graduate fiction workshop, where he discussed his writing and technique: he talked about the influence of … [Continue reading]

Welcome Back!

Hello, all, and welcome to the 2014-2015 school year! We think it'll be a good one. Remember to check out our blog throughout the year for events, exciting news, and other updates! … [Continue reading]

Where Did They Go?

  This year's crop of BA/MA graduates are headed into some exciting new ventures. Kayla Candrilli will begin the MFA program in nonfiictin writing at the University of Alabama. Laura Dzwonzyk will spend next year in Berlin, Germany as a … [Continue reading]

Student Showcase: Laura Dzwonczyk

White Gloop Judgment It was inevitable. I should have known that, one day, I’d receive the bugged-out stare, the strange look, at my face, back down at my sandwich, then back to my face again. Is she serious? Oh god, she’s really serious. That’s … [Continue reading]

Student Showcase: Alaina Symanovich

 Stains  As a girl you feared dropping the communion tray more than anything.  Not the one with the wafers, of course, but the wine tray, the one with the million thimble-sized cups that glittered up at you like galaxies.  You imagined the disaster … [Continue reading]

Student Showcase: Nick Miller

Electric Nothing Inside the house with the red door, Oliver sits in lowlight counting the take out loud. Each bill he skims off the stack and sets onto the table, calling it by its name. Twenty, twenty, fifty, ten. He makes marks in a notepad, … [Continue reading]

Student Showcase: Kayla Candrilli

Faggots Fairies, faggots, fairies. I believe in fairies, have ever since Peter Pan. Tinker with this, tinker with that. Break the line no matter the cost. The way their wings spread, eagles the size of my thumb—heads platinum blond—or white? The way … [Continue reading]

Student Showcase: Elise Gruber

Legacy My brother says, it’s probably easier for people who are the same race to date each other, and baby, I was this close to telling him how right he was, and this close to telling him to shut his face. It’s been worrying me though, you and … [Continue reading]

Student Showcase: Carlos Chism

 The Secret Under the Big Tree She’s the reason you look forward to recess every day, the reason you quickly finish your lunch even though you’d rather savor that peanut butter and jelly sandwich, pack of animal crackers, and Hi-C juice your mom … [Continue reading]

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