Poet Lynn Emanuel, professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh and author of Hotel Fiesta, The Dig, Then Suddenly—and, forthcoming, Mob and Torch, will be the featured poet at the annual Esther Goldhaber Jacovitz Poetry Series being held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 19 in the J. Irving Whalley Memorial Chapel on the Pitt-Johnstown campus.
“A generous endowment from a Pitt-Johnstown alumna Esther Goldhaber Jacovitz has made this series possible. Each spring, our Writing program invites a poet of national nature to read on the Pitt-Johnstown campus. This year we are very pleased to host Ms. Emanuel. Her poetry has not only been widely published and much awarded, but also is surprisingly and inventively alive, honest, and human,” Dr. Eric Schwerer, Pitt-Johnstown associate professor of writing, said.
Her work has been featured in the Pushcart Prize Anthology, Best American Poetry, and The Oxford Book of American Poetry. She has been a poetry editor for the Pushcart Prize Anthology, a member of the Literature Panel for the National Endowment for the Arts, and a judge for the National Book Awards. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Eric Matthieu King Award from The Academy of American Poets, two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships and a National Poetry Series Award.
Born in Cambria City, Esther Goldhaber Jacovitz graduated from Johnstown High School in 1933, then attended Junior Pitt from 1933-1936 when it was located on the second floor of Johnstown High School, where she majored in history with a minor in English. She attended the University of Pittsburgh from 1936-1937.
The event, which is being sponsored by Pitt-Johnstown’s Creative and Professional Writing program, is free of charge and open to the public. A book signing will follow.
The Esther Goldhaber Jacovitz Poetry Series began in 2004. Previous poets have included Terrance Hayes, Nick Flynn, J. Allyn Rosser, Thomas Lux, Marilyn Chin, and Mark Halliday.
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.