Chatham News

Stewart O’Nan, 2011 Melanie Brown Lecturer, to give free public lecture at Chatham University on Sept. 15

By: Amanda Leff Ritchie, Senior Public Relations Specialist
September 1, 2011

PITTSBURGH (August 31, 2011) … Chatham University’s nationally-recognized MFA in Creative Writing program welcomes Stewart O’Nan as the 2011 Melanie Brown Lecturer with a free public lecture at 8 p.m. on Sept. 15 in the James Laughlin Music Hall on the Shadyside Campus.

A native of Point Breeze, Mr. O’Nan worked in the aerospace industry before winning the 1993 Drue Heinz Prize for his story collection In the Walled City. Among the many novels he has written, three are set in Western Pennsylvania: Snow Angels (Butler), Everyday People (East Liberty), and Emily, Alone (Highland Park). His first novel Snow Angels was made into a film starring Sam Rockwell and Kate Beckinsale. Mr. O’Nan has served as a judge for both the National Book Award and the PEN Hemingway Prize.

For more information, contact Sheryl St. Germain at 412-365-1190 or

The Melanie Brown Lecturer at Chatham University The Melanie Brown Lecturer Series is one of the exciting opportunities for aspiring writers to meet established authors, specifically writers of fiction, through Chatham’s MFA in Creative Writing program. The Melanie Brown Lecturer is presented each year through the generosity of The Melanie and Fred R. Brown Endowed Fund.

Melanie Brown was inspired by the MFA program’s emphasis on nurturing creative writers in part through place-based writing. The selection of each year’s Melanie Brown Lecturer is guided by the desire to highlight fiction writers with a strong sense of place in her or his writing. Students will have opportunities to interact with the Melanie Brown Lecturer both in and out of the classroom.

About the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing
Chatham University’s dynamic MFA focusing on nature, environment, and travel writing is the premier graduate program for nurturing creative writers interested in the environmental imagination and place-based writing. The program is inspired by the work of Chatham alumna, Rachel Carson, a creative writer whose work demonstrates both lyricism and social conscience. The heart of the program—nature, environmental, and travel writing—honors Carson’s legacy, but expands the interpretation of environment to include any place-based writing and all genres-poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction-shaped by human relationship with place. For more information about Chatham’s MFA programs call 412-365-1190 or visit

About Chatham University
Chatham University prepares students from around the world to help develop solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges. Consistently ranked among the top master’s level institutions in the Northeast by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review, Chatham University is also ranked in the top five percent of graduate-intensive institutions nationally and experienced the fastest-growing enrollment in the Pittsburgh region over the past decade. Founded in 1869, Chatham University includes the Shadyside Campus, with the historic 39-acre Woodland Road arboretum and Chatham Eastside facility; and the 388-acre Eden Hall Campus north of Pittsburgh. For more information, call 800-837-1290 or visit .