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Writer Kevin Stewart Closes out Fall Reading Series at Pitt-Johnstown

Writer Kevin Stewart Closes out Fall Reading Series at Pitt-Johnstown

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     Kevin Stewart, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown visiting instructor of English, will read from his collection of short stories, The Way Things Always Happen Here (Vandalia Press 2007), at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 12, at the Pitt-Johnstown Living/Learning Center.

     Mr. Stewart’s novella, Margot, was published in 2001 by Texas Review Press.  His story collection was nominated for Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year Award for Appalachian Fiction/Poetry.  He also has been awarded Appalachian Heritage’s Plattner Award in Fiction and state arts fellowships from West Virginia and Louisiana.

     Novelist Ann Pancake has said of Mr. Stewart’s collection, “Reading this taut and true debut is like driving a two-lane blacktop wedged between mountain and creek; the honest spare language under you; the gritty surprises around every turn; and the steady keen insights into both the horrors and the loveliness of contemporary Appalachian and Ozark hill country.”  Of Margot, writer Tom Franklin has said, “This spare, compelling novella does everything it sets out to do and more, becoming, in the end, a heart-breaking and contemporary Western of epic proportions.”

     Mr. Stewart is the third reader in the series held on the Pitt-Johnstown campus this fall, sponsored by the Program in Creative and Professional Writing.  The lecture if free and open to the public.

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

     Founded in 1927, Pitt-Johnstown is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh.  A vital knowledge center and a foremost contributor to the area’s educational, social, cultural, and economic environment, Pitt-Johnstown offers a high quality educational experience that is purposefully designed to prepare students for the real world of the 21st century.

Posted by Shook, Kimberly on 11/6/2008 11:45:00 AM