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Poet Stacey Waite to give public reading at Chatham University on February 22

Waite’s works often deal with the subject of gender fluidity

PITTSBURGH (January 25, 2013) … Stacey Waite, genderqueer poet and former Pittsburgh resident, will read from a collection of poetry at 8 p.m. on February 22 in the Welker Room of the James Laughlin Music Hall on Chatham University’s Shadyside Campus. The public is invited to hear work from the author of four collections of poetry: Choke (2004), love poem to androgyny (2006), the lake has no saint (2008), and Butch Geography (2013). The free event is collaboratively sponsored by Chatham’s MFA in Creative Writing program, the undergraduate Creative Writing Club, and the Office of Student Affairs.

Waite, a former student and instructor at the University of Pittsburgh, is an assistant professor of English at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, Nebraska. She has been the recipient of many honors, including an Andrew Mellon Dissertation Fellowship award, the Elizabeth Baranger Excellence in Teaching Award, three Pushcart Prize nominations, and a National Society of Arts & Letters Poetry Prize. Her poems have appeared in Poet Lore, Nimrod, 5 AM, West Branch, Chiron Review, and Pearl, and often deal with the subject of gender fluidity. Of her most recent collection, the poet Kwame Dawes says, “…Waite is a pathfinder, charting with disarming honesty, humor, pathos, and willful perplexity the uncertain terrain of gender in ways that shatter assumptions, unsettle easy presumptions, and yet, through the sheer grace of her craft…open us to the beauty of our strange human enterprise.”

About Chatham’s MFA in Creative Writing program
Chatham’s MFA in Creative Writing allows students to focus on tracks in creative nonfiction, fiction, poetry, screenwriting, and writing for children, while encouraging them to explore two tracks simultaneously. Students take innovative field seminars that include travel to such places as Costa Rica, Ecuador, India, and Germany. In 2007, Poets & Writers named the MFA one of “Nine Distinctive Programs” and The Atlantic Monthly named it one of five innovative/unique programs in the country in its “Best of the Best” graduate program listings. In January 2012, The Writer named it one of the “Four top schools you should consider” and in 2009, named it one of 10 programs that offer a specialty focus. Chatham University also offers an undergraduate BFA in Creative Writing, an online Master of Professional Writing, and a low-residency Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. For more information, visit or contact Sheryl St. Germain at

About Chatham University
Chatham University, founded in 1869, is located in the vibrant Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pa. Preparing students from around the world, Chatham’s enrollment throughout the past decade was the fastest growing in the Pittsburgh region. With enrollment of over 2,300 students and consisting of an undergraduate women’s college and co-educational graduate and online programs, Chatham has consistently been ranked among the top master’s level institutions in the Northeast by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. Offering challenging academics and innovative programming in the fields of sustainability and the environment, health and lab sciences, creative and liberal arts, and business and entrepreneurship, a Chatham education is designed to meet the needs of tomorrow’s economy, today.

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