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Author Jeanne Marie Laskas to Hold Reading

Author Jeanne Marie Laskas to Hold Reading

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Jeanne Marie Laskas, author and University of Pittsburgh associate professor and director of the creative writing program, will hold a reading at 7 p.m., Thursday, October 3 in room 131 Blackington Hall on the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown campus. She will read from her most recent book, Hidden America: From Coal Miners to Cowboys, an Extraordinary Exploration of the Unseen People Who Make This Country Work.

Laskas is the author of six books, including Fifty Acres and a Poodle, The Exact Same Moon, and Growing Girls. Most of her longform journalism now appears in GQ, where she is a correspondent writing about everything from concussions to migrant workers to hit-men.  Formerly a contributing editor at Esquire, and a weekly columnist (“Significant Others”) at The Washington Post Magazine, she has been writing for national magazines for twenty years, with work appearing in The New York Times Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, O: The Oprah Magazine, Allure, Ladies Home Journal, and many others.  She is the voice behind Reader’s Digest’s “Ask Laskas,” where she dispenses wisdom with zero authority but plenty of common sense.

Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies, including Best American Magazine Writing 2008 and Best American Sportswriting 2000, 2002, 2007, 2008, 2011 and 2012. She has won more than a dozen Gold Quill awards for Excellence in Journalism, and her piece on coal mining, “Underworld,” was a finalist for the 2007 National Magazine Awards.

The reading is one of three to be held as part of the 2013 Fall Reading Series sponsored by the Pitt-Johnstown Humanities Division. On October 24, Jan Beatty, poet and Carlow University director of creative writing and professor of English, will read from her most recent book of poems, The Switching Yard.  Michael W. Cox, associate professor of writing at Pitt-Johnstown, will complete the series with readings from his recently published collection of short stories, Against the Hidden River.

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,” by AC Online as one of the “Highest ROI Colleges in Pennsylvania,” and by 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 Natalie Bombatch on 9/25/2013 4:10:00 PM