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Poet Julia Kasdorf to Hold Reading

Poet Julia Kasdorf to Hold Reading

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     Dr. Julia Kasdorf, author and associate professor of English and women’s studies at Penn State University, will read from her poetry collections at 7 p.m. Monday, October 17 in the Living-Learning Center’s University Room on the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown campus.

     Dr. Kasdorf has published three collections of poetry with the University of Pittsburgh Press including her most recent work, Poetry in America.  Her collection, Eve’s Striptease, was named one of the Library Journal’s Top 20 Best Poetry Books of 1998, and Sleeping Preacher won the Agnes lynch Starrett Poetry Prize and the Great Lake College’s Association Award for New Writing.  Her poems were awarded a 2009 NEA fellowship and a Pushcart Prize and have appeared in numerous anthologies.

     She also has written a collection of essays, The Body and the Book: Writing from a Mennonite Life, winner of the 2002 Book of the Year Award from the Conference on Christianity and Literature, and a monograph, Fixing Tradition: Joseph W. Yoder, Amish American.  She has worked on new editions of Yoder’s 1940 local color classic Rosanna of the Amish, set in Centre and Mifflin Counties, and Fred Lewis Pattee’s The House of the Black Ring, set in Centre County.  With Michael Tyrell, she co-edited the anthology, Broken Land: Poems of Brooklyn.
     In addition to teaching poetry workshops, Ms. Kasdorf established the Writer in the Community course in the Master of Fine Arts program.

     The reading, which is free and open to the public, is the second event in the 2011 Pitt-Johnstown Fall Reading Series.  Jim Ray Daniels, Thomas Stockham Baker Professor of English at Carnegie Mellon University and author, opened the series.

     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 10/11/2011 2:45:00 PM