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Esther Jacovitz Poetry Series

Esther Jacovitz Poetry Series

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     Liberian-born writer Dr. Patricia Jabbeh Wesley will be the featured poet at the annual Esther Jacovitz Poetry Series being held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 24 in the J. Irving Whalley Memorial Chapel on the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown campus. 

     Dr. Wesley is assistant professor of creative writing and literature at Pennsylvania State University.  Her awards include a World Bank Fellowship, a Crystal Award 2006, and the Liberian Award for her documentation of the Liberian civil war, of which she is a survivor.

     Dr. Wesley is the author of Where the Road Turns (Autumn House Press); The River is Rising (Autumn House Press); Becoming Ebony (Crab Orchard Award, Southern Illinois University Press), and Before The Palm Could Bloom: Poems of Africa (New Issues Press).
     Dr. Eric Schwerer, Pitt-Johnstown associate professor of writing, said, “Anthologized across Africa, Europe, and South America, Dr. Wesley’s work frequently appears in our nation’s best literary journals.  Her poems incorporate many voices, those of children, mothers, men, Africans, Western Pennsylvanians, Midwesterners, and range in tone from sorrow and longing, to humor and ironic wit.”

     The Esther Goldhaber Jacovitz Poetry Series, which began in 2004, is made possible through an endowment from Pitt-Johnstown alumna Esther Goldhaber Jacovitz.  Ms. Jacovitz was born in Cambria City, graduated from Johnstown High School in 1933, and attended Pitt-Johnstown 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 presented by Pitt-Johnstown Creative and Professional Writing program, is free of charge and open to the public.

     Previous poets featured in the Series have included Mary Ann Samyn, Lynn Emanuel, Terrance Hayes, Nick Flynn, Thomas Lux, Marilyn Chin, J. Allyn Rosser, and Mark Halliday.

     For additional information on the event, contact Dr. Eric Schwerer at 814-269-7138. Additional information on the event may be found at

     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,” by the Princeton Review as a “Best Northeastern College,” and by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School.”  Additionally, Pitt-Johnstown has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

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