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Carnegie Mellon Professor to Open Fall Reading Series

Carnegie Mellon Professor to Open Fall Reading Series

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     Jim Ray Daniels, Thomas Stockham Baker Professor of English at Carnegie Mellon University and author, will open the 2011 University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown Fall Reading Series at 7 p.m. Monday, September 12, at the Pitt-Johnstown Living-Learning Center University Room.

     Mr. Daniels has been teaching creative writing at Carnegie Mellon since 1981.  He earned a BA at Alma College and an MFA at Bowling Green State University.  His fourth collection of short stories, Trigger Man, will be published in 2011.  His works include Having a Little Talk with Capital P Poetry, From Milltown to Malltown, Mr. Pleasant, and In Line for the Exterminator.

     In 2010 he wrote and produced the independent film Mr. Pleasant, his third produced screenplay.  In 2007, he was awarded the Blue Lynx Poetry Prize for his collection, Revolt of the Crash-Test Dummies.  His book of poems, Street, accompanied the photographs of Charlee Brodsky and won the Tillie Olsen Prize from the Working-Class Studies Association in 2006.  In addition, he has edited or co-edited four anthologies, including Letters to America: Contemporary American Poetry on Race, and American Poetry: The Next Generation.  His poems have been featured on Garrison Keillor’s “Writer’s Almanac,” in Billy Collins’ Poetry 180 anthologies, and Ted Kooser’s “American Life in Poetry” series.  His poem “Factory Love” is displayed on the roof of a race car.

     Mr. Daniels also has received two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and two from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.  His poems have appeared in the Pushcart Prize and Best American Poetry anthologies.  At Carnegie Mellon, he received the Ryan Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Elliott Dunlap Smith Award for Teaching and Educational Service, and a Faculty Service Award from the Carnegie Mellon Alumni Association.

     The lecture is 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 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 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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Posted by Shook, Kimberly on 9/7/2011 11:00:00 AM