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Poet Kicks Off Fall Reading Series

Poet Kicks Off Fall Reading Series

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     Poet John Graves Morris, professor of English at Cameron University in Lawton, Okla., will read from his book Noise and Stories (Plain View Press 2006), at 6 p.m. Monday, September 21, at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown Living/Learning Center University Room.

     Dr. Morris’s book has garnered praise from such poets as Richard Terrill, who compares Morris’s book to Justice, Wright, and Nemerov, noting how the poems “evoke the uncertain footing of middle age” and that the characters are “clear-eyed, straight-faced,” and “occasionally nonplussed.”  Author Rilla Askew speaks of Morris’s “versatility, sensitivity, and perception,” and Debra Monroe notes how “these elegiac poems describe the loneliness of eking out a decent life in an inhospitable context.”

     Dr. Morris earned a BA at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire; MA in English with an emphasis in creative writing and a PhD in English with a specialization in American Literature, at Arizona State.  He also has published poems in Chariton Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and Upriver 5.

     Dr. Morris is the first 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 Dr. Morris visit  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 located in the Laurel Highlands of Western Pennsylvania and is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh.  The University offers a high-quality educational experience in a supportive living-learning environment designed to prepare students for the real world of the 21st century.  Pitt-Johnstown is recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a “Best Baccalaureate College” (2010), by the Princeton Review as a “Best Northeastern College” (2010), and by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School.”

Posted by Shook, Kimberly on 9/17/2009 9:00:00 AM