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"Readings by Writers" Presents Michael Wurster and Christopher Bakken

"Readings by Writers" Presents Michael Wurster and Christopher Bakken

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The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown’s Writing Major and Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center will present “Readings by Writers” with Michael Wurster and Christopher Bakken at 7:30 p.m. Friday, February 17, at the Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center, Third Avenue and Chestnut St., Cambria City, Johnstown.

The event is free and open to the public.

A cofounder of the Pittsburgh Poetry Exchange, Mr. Wurster has taught at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts School since 1993.  In 1996, he was an inaugural recipient of a Pittsburgh Magazine Harry Schwalb Excellence in the Arts Award for his contribution to poetry and the community.  He has written two books, The Cruelty of the Desert (1989) and The Snake Charmer’s Daughter.  His current work, recent or forthcoming, is Only the Sea Keeps: Poetry of the Tsunami, Caprice, Iodine Poetry Journal, and Main Street Rag.

Mr. Bakken’s first book of poems, After Greece, won the T.S. Eliot Prize in Poetry in 2001 and was published by Truman State University Press.  In 2005, Lagoudera Editions in Athens published a Greek translation.  His poems, essays, and translations have appeared in The Paris Review, Raritan, Gettysburg Review, Boulevard, Southwest Review, and Georgia Review.  His is a faculty member at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pa.  He holds degrees from Columbia University and the University of Houston.

This project was supported by Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA), the regional arts funding partnership of the PA Council on the Arts.  State government funding comes through an annual appropriation by PA’s General Assembly and from the NEA.  PPA is administered in this region by the PA Rural Arts Alliance.

For additional information, contact Eric Schwerer at 814-269-7138 or

Founded in 1927, the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown is a four-year, degree-granting college of the University of Pittsburgh with an enrollment of approximately 3,200.  The university offers more than 40 majors and is known for its engineering technology, education, humanities, natural and social sciences degree programs.  UPJ has been ranked “Third in the North” among public comprehensive colleges and universities, northern regions, by U.S. News and World Report, America’s Best Colleges, 2006.
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