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Poet and Author Barbara Hurd to Hold Reading

Poet and Author Barbara Hurd to Hold Reading

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     Dr. Barbara Hurd, poet, author and professor of English at Frostburg State University, will hold a reading at 7 p.m. Thursday, November 3 in the Living-Learning Center’s University Room on the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown campus.

     Dr. Hurd is the author of the critically acclaimed creative nonfiction trilogy Stirring the Mud:  On Swamps, Bogs, and Human Imagination, Entering the Stone: On Caves and Feeling through the Dark, and Walking the Wrack Line: On Tidal Shifts and What Remains.   She has also written two volumes of poetry, The Singer’s Temple and Objects in this Mirror.  Her essays have appeared in numerous journals including Best American Essays in 1991 and 2001, The Yale Review, The Georgia Review, Orion, and Audubon.

     She was the recipient of the 2002 NEA Fellowship for Creative Nonfiction, winner of the Sierra Club’s National Nature Writing Award and Pushcart Prizes in 2004 and 2007.

     Dr. Hurd is the third and final reader in the 2011 Pitt-Johnstown Fall Reading Series.  Past readers included Jim Ray Daniels, Thomas Stockham Baker Professor of English at Carnegie Mellon University and author, and Dr. Julia Kasdorf, author and associate professor of English and women’s studies at Penn State University.

     The reading 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 10/27/2011 9:00:00 AM