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Trafford Native and Author, "Miss NY Has Everything," to be First in Reader Series

Trafford Native and Author, "Miss NY Has Everything," to be First in Reader Series

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     Lori Jakiela, writer and English professor at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, will read at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 25 at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown Living/Learning Center Heritage Hall. 

     Ms. Jakiela’s recent book Miss New York Has Everything is her memoir about growing up in Trafford, Pa.  Upon graduation from college, she left the town behind for several years to live in New York City to pursue a career as an airline stewardess.

     Ms. Jakiela earned a MFA in creative writing from the University of Pittsburgh.  She worked for a number of years as a journalist in Erie before taking a job with the airline industry. 

     Publisher’s Weekly says this about Ms. Jakiela’s first book, “Don’t let the smiling stewardess on the cover fool you.  Jakiela’s memoir has more in common with Chuck Klosterman than Coffee, Tea or Me.  The Pittsbugh Post-Gazette has said, “This is a marvel of a memoir, both laugh-out funny and sweetly moving about a Western Pennsylvania girl who escapes her small-town roots for the lights of the big city.”

     Ms. Jakiela is the first reader in a series that will take place this year at UPJ.

     For further information, contact Dr. Michael W. Cox at UPJ, (814) 269-7159 or mwcox@pitt.edu.

     The largest regional campus of the internationally renowned University of Pittsburgh, UPJ has come into its own as a vital knowledge center and a foremost contributor to the area’s intellectual, social and cultural environment.  Proud of its legacy as a preeminent community citizen, the University ranks as a top local employer and is a key partner in shaping the region’s economic future. 

Posted by Shook, Kimberly on 9/19/2007 10:50:00 AM