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Author Rhonda Janzen to Read from Her Latest Book

Author Rhonda Janzen to Read from Her Latest Book

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     Author Dr. Rhoda Janzen will read from her latest book, Mennonite In a Little Black Dress (a memoir of going home), at 7 p.m. Monday, September 20, at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown J. Irving Whalley Memorial Chapel.  The event is being held as part of the Fall Reading Series and sponsored by the Program in Creative and Professional Writing. 

     Dr. Janzen currently teaches English and creative writing at Hope College in Holland, Mich.  She holds a PhD from the University of California (Los Angeles), where she was the University of California Poet Laureate in 1994 and 1997.  She is also the author of Babel’s Stair, a collection of poems.  Her poems have appeared in Poetry, The Yale Review, The Gettysburg Review, and The Southern Review.

     Of Dr. Janzen’s most recent book, Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love has said, “It is rare that I literally laugh out loud while I’m reading, but Janzen’s voice-singular, deadpan, sharp-witted and honest-slayed me.”

     The lecture is free and open to the public.

     For more information on Dr. Janzen 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.”  Additionally, Pitt-Johnstown has been named to the 2009 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

Pitt-Johnstown…at the forefront of leading baccalaureate colleges…

Posted by Shook, Kimberly on 9/16/2010 2:45:00 PM