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Poet Jan Beatty to Read From Her Latest Book

Poet Jan Beatty to Read From Her Latest Book

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     Jan Beatty, director of the creative writing program at Carlow University, will read from her latest book of poetry, Red Sugar (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2008), at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 21, at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown Living/Learning Center University Room.

     Ms. Beatty has published two earlier volumes of poetry, Mad River (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1996) and Boneshaker (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2002), and also is the host of WYEP’s Prosody. 

     Of Ms. Beatty’s most recent book, Alicia Ostriker has said, “Red Sugar is a hard rocking book…a fearless way high up and way down deep rollercoaster book of poetry such as you never have read before and will want to read over and over.  It is full of strong language and full of love.”  D.A. Powell adds the following, “Red Sugar is tantalizing and forbidden, but it is no peepshow.  The poems are raw, brash, and full of pluck, yet there is tenderness and honest emotion at the core.”

     Ms. Beatty is the second reader in a series being held on the Pitt-Johnstown campus this fall, sponsored by the Program in Creative and Professional Writing.  The lecture is free and open to the public.

     For more information on Ms. Beatty visit  For additional information on the reading series, contact Dr. Michael W. Cox, Pitt-Johnstown, at 814-269-7159 or

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Posted by Shook, Kimberly on 10/16/2008 10:45:00 AM