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Poet Sean Thomas Dougherty, Author of "Broken Hallelujahs" to be Second in Reader Series

Poet Sean Thomas Dougherty, Author of "Broken Hallelujahs" to be Second in Reader Series

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     Sean Thomas Dougherty, a professor in the BFA Creative Writing Program at Penn State Erie, will read at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 9 at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown Living/Learning Center Heritage Hall.

     Mr. Dougherty’s recent book Broken Hallelujahs, fuses contemporary streets scenes with his own store of personal history, drawing on elements of music and performance to create an energetic mix.  The book has received high praise from Library Journal, which describes the author as “part surrealist, part hip-hop poet, part romantic,” and his subject matter as “personal memory, family history, European travel, and the phantasmagoric elements of everyday life.”

     Mr. Dougherty earned the MFA from Syracuse University and has matriculated in its PhD program in composition and cultural rhetoric.
 
     Mr. Dougherty is the second reader in the series being held on campus this fall, sponsored by the Program in Creative and Professional Writing.  The lecture is free of charge and open to the public.

     For further information, contact Alessandra Lynch at UPJ, (814) 269-7166 or alynch@pitt.edu.

     UPJ is a vital knowledge center defining excellence and a foremost contributor to the area’s educational, social, cultural and economic environment through:  excellent faculty teaching, scholarship, and service, as well as enriching faculty-student mentorships and collaborations in scholarship, research, and creative activity; operating as a top employer and key partner in shaping the economic future with an annual impact exceeding $60 million; engaging the community through exceptional volunteerism by faculty, staff, and students; expanding the workforce capacity by linking theory to practice through experiences such as internships and service learning projects; exceeding the national averages of student graduation and retention rates of similar institutions; a tradition of athletic excellence, with nationally recognized and award-winning programs; 17,000 alumni making a difference throughout the community and world; and by growing partnerships with businesses in areas such as healthcare, education, commerce, technology, and the arts, and a vital knowledge center defining excellence and a foremost contributor to the area’s educational, social, cultural, and economic environment.

Posted by Shook, Kimberly on 10/8/2007 9:20:00 AM