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Poet Henrietta Goodman to read at Penn State Behrend

Henrietta Goodman will read poems from her sonnet collection "All That Held Us" on Thursday, Oct. 4, when she visits Penn State Behrend as part of the college’s Creative Writers Reading Series.
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Lake Effect National High School Poetry Competition seeks entries

Poets in grades 9 through 12 are invited to enter the Lake Effect National High School Poetry Competition sponsored by the bachelor of fine arts in creative writing degree program at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College.

Alumna and poet Jen Town to read at Penn State Behrend

Alumna Jen Town will read from her poetry collection, “The Light of What Comes After,” on Thursday, Sept. 20, when she visits Penn State Behrend as part of the college’s Creative Writers Reading Series. Her 6 p.m. reading and the reception preceding it are free and open to the public. Both events will be held in the Larry and Kathryn Smith Chapel.
Jared Yates Sexton, an associate professor of creative writing at Georgia Southern University, pictured.

Truth is stranger than fiction for creative writer Jared Yates Sexton

Jared Yates Sexton will read excerpts from both his nonfiction book and fiction works on Thursday, Sept. 6, when he visits Penn State Behrend to open the college’s Creative Writers Reading Series. We caught up with him in advance of his visit to discuss his newfound fame and how he’s juggling the writing of both fiction and nonfiction on a regular basis.
Jared Yates Sexton will read excerpts from his books, including “The People Are Going to Rise Like the Waters Upon Your Shore,” on Thursday, Sept. 6, when he visits Penn State Behrend to open the college’s Creative Writers Reading Series.

Fiction writer and political commentator Jared Yates Sexton to visit Behrend

Jared Yates Sexton will read excerpts from his books, including “The People Are Going to Rise Like the Waters Upon Your Shore,” on Thursday, Sept. 6, when he visits Penn State Behrend to open the college’s Creative Writers Reading Series. His 6 p.m. reading and the reception preceding it are free and open to the public.
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Champagne named Penn State Laureate

'I want people to have a clearer historical sense of the often vexed and contradictory relationship between art and politics,' says John Champagne, professor of English and chair of Global Languages and Cultures at Penn State Behrend.
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Poet Karen Craigo to read from new book during Penn State Behrend visit

Poet Karen Craigo will read poems from her latest collection, “No More Milk,” on Thursday, April 12, when the 2017-18 edition of the Creative Writers Reading Series returns to Penn State Erie, The Behrend College.

Novelist Melissa Fraterrigo to read from new book during Behrend visit

On Thursday, March 29, Melissa Fraterrigo will read excerpts from her new novel “Glory Days” as part of Penn State Behrend's Creative Writers Reading Series. Her 6 p.m. reading and the reception preceding it are free and open to the public.
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'Lake Effect' selects best high school poems

A national poetry contest sponsored by our B.F.A. in creative writing program drew nearly 2,000 entries.
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Lake Effect National High School Poetry Contest receives nearly 2,000 entries

Students from Massachusetts, New York and Wisconsin earned the top three prizes in the 2017 Lake Effect National High School Poetry Contest. In total, the contest received nearly 2,000 entries.

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