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Poet and memoirist to Hold Reading

Poet and memoirist to Hold Reading

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Lori Jakiela, poet, memoirist, and associate professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg will hold a reading at 7 p.m., Thursday, October 18 in room 131 Blackington Hall on the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown campus.  She will read from her newly published collection of poems, Spot the Terrorist!

Jakiela has authored two memoirs, Miss New York Has Everything and the soon-to-be-published Call Your Mother, and three poetry collections.  Her work, which has earned her Pushcart Prize nominations, has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, Creative Nonfiction, and Tears in the Fence (UK), and has been described as “laugh-out-loud funny and sweetly moving” and “brimming with small-town heart and big-city sophistication.”  Jakiela earned her BA at Gannon University and her MFA at the University of Pittsburgh. 

The reading is second of three to be held as part of the 2012 Fall Reading Series sponsored by the Pitt-Johnstown Humanities Division.  On Thursday, November 15, Marissa Landrigan, assistant professor of English Writing at Pitt-Johnstown, will complete the series with readings from her creative nonfiction. Landrigan received her MFA from Iowa State University and has published several essays in literary journals both in print and online.

The series 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 in the Northeast” college, by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School,” and Pennsylvania Business Central as a "Top 100 Organization." Additionally, Pitt-Johnstown has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the past three years.

Posted by Knipple, Robert on 10/11/2012 9:10:00 AM