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Chatham University to host Nov. 2 reading by authors Ruth L. Schwartz, Brian Brodeur, and Sharma Shields

PITTSBURGH (October 19, 2012) … On Friday, November 2, at 8 p.m. in the Welker Room, Chatham University MFA in Creative Writing program, in partnership with Autumn House Press, will host a reading by three authors: Ruth L. Schwartz, Brian Brodeur, and Sharma Shields.

Ruth L. Schwartz’ newest collection of poems Miraculum was published by Autumn House in 2012. Her previous books include Dear Good Naked Morning, the winner of the 2004 Autumn House Poetry Prize; Edgewater (HarperCollins, 2002), selected by Jane Hirshfield as a 2001 National Poetry Series winner; Singular Bodies (Anhinga, 2001), winner of the 2000 Anhinga Prize for Poetry; and Accordion Breathing and Dancing (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1996), chosen by William Matthews for the 1994 Associated Writing Program Competition. Schwartz’s memoir, Death in Reverse: A Love Story was published by Michigan State University Press in 2004. Schwartz’ poems have reached a large audience through Ted Kooser’s nationally syndicated newspaper column American Life in Poetry and through Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac. She currently lives in Oakland, Calif., where she has a private practice in depth hypnosis and shamanic counseling.

Brian Bodeur’s Natural Causes was chosen by Denise Duhamel as the winner of the 2012 Autumn House Poetry Prize. He is also the author of Other Latitudes (2008), winner of the University of Akron Press’ 2007 Poetry Prize, and the chapbook So the Night Cannot Go on Without Us (White Eagle Coffee Store Press, 2007). Bodeur maintains the blog “How a Poem Happens,” an online anthology of over one hundred and 50 interviews with poets. He lives with his wife in Cincinnati where he is the Elliston Fellow in Poetry in the Ph.D. in English and Comparative Literature program at University of Cincinnati.

Sharma Shields’ collection of stories Favorite Monster was chosen by Stewart O’Nan as the winner of the 2012 Autumn House Fiction Prize. Shields’ short fiction has appeared in The Kenyon Review, The Iowa Review, Fugue, and The Sonora Review. Her numerous awards include the Tim McGinnis Award for Humor, a grant from Artist Trust and the A.B. Guthrie Award for Outstanding Prose. She holds an MFA from the University of Montana and now lives in Spokane with her husband and young son. As an information specialist for the Spokane County Library District, Sharma founded T.W.I.N.E. — Teen Writers of the Inland Empire — a writing club for area youth.

About Autumn House Press
Autumn House Press, publisher of more than 100 beautifully designed books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, is a nonprofit corporation based in Pittsburgh. As recognition for its work in literary publishing, the Autumn House community was recently honored to receive a Certificate of Appreciation from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, presented by Senator Wayne Fontana. The certificate reads: “What makes Autumn House so special is that it is a community of volunteers, modestly-paid staff, and supporters, all of whom believe that fine literature can make a real difference in our lives and our culture. The work of Autumn House Press ensures that American poetry is being published and, by its act, is nurturing the great American poetic tradition. Autumn House Press’ mission is a laudable one, and its leadership makes our community a better place in which to live. Autumn House has earned the admiration of the arts community.”

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