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Conversations & Connections Writer’s Conference to be Held at Chatham University

PITTSBURGH:  Barrelhouse is excited to announce the Conversations & Connections Writer’s Conference will be held Saturday, October 21, 2017 at Chatham University’s Shadyside Campus. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. and programming ends at 4:30 p.m., with a reception to follow.

The conference will welcome featured writers Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib, Geeta Kothari, Michelle Junot, and Robert Yune, and will feature more than twenty small presses and literary magazines and fifty editors and panelists. Conversations & Connections will also feature expert panels writing and publishing, including writing while parenting, time management, beginning short stories, and many other topics.

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Author, Margot Livesey, Visits Chatham as 2017 Melanie Brown Lecturer

PITTSBURGH: On Wednesday, September 20, at 8 p.m. in the Welker Room of James Laughlin Music Hall, on Chatham University’s Shadyside campus, the Chatham University MFA in Creative Writing Program will welcome Margot Livesey as the Melanie Brown Lecturer. Melanie and Fred R. Brown established the Melanie Brown Lecture Series in 2008 to support a two-day campus visit by an established author whose fiction writing is guided by a strong sense of place.

The event is free and open to the public. Contact MFA Program Assistant, Kelly Kepner, at k.kepner@chatham.edu for more information.

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Creative Writing Program Hosts “Dialogues: Writing in Divided Times” on April 6th

PITTSBURGH: The Chatham University MFA in Creative Writing Program will sponsor Dialogues: Writing in Divided Times on April 6 from 5:15 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in the Welker Room, James Laughlin Music Hall, on Chatham’s Shadyside campus.  The event will feature readings and conversations with four authors, Li-Young Lee, Cornelius Eady, Danez Smith and Adriana E. Ramirez.

Writing in Divided Times will begin with readings and performance by Smith and Ramirez from 5:15-6 p.m., where books will be available for purchase. Following a 6-7:30 p.m. dinner on your own, readings by Lee and Eady will take place from 7:30-8:15 p.m.  A panel discussion featuring all authors is scheduled from 8:15- 9 p.m., with book sales and a reception wrapping up the evening from 9-9:30 p.m.  The writers will take questions that will address what poetry might accomplish in divided times, and how it might be used to navigate hostile environments, whether personal, cultural or political.

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Gray’s Skies brings Poet Gregory Orr and singer/ songwriter Bruce Dalzell to Chatham University on 2/17

PITTSBURGH: Poet Gregory Orr and singer/songwriter Bruce Dalzell will be featured Friday, February 17, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. in Rea Coffeehouse, Chatham University. This project is supported in part by the Gray St. Germain Gideon fund.  The reading and music series is free and open to the public.

Gray’s Skies is an annual reading and music series found in honor of Gray St. Germain Gideon, a musician, composer and creative thinker who died 2014 of a drug overdose. The series focuses on celebrating the works of writers, artists and musicians whose work uses the imagination to explore loss or personal struggle. The series is funded through the generosity of Melanie and Fred Brown, and Margaret and Tom Whitford, in collaboration with Chatham University’s MFA program.

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Chatham University Receives Grant From Staunton Farm Foundation In Support of Words Without Walls

PITTSBURGH: Chatham University has announced that it has been awarded a grant of $11,200 from Staunton Farm Foundation in support of the Maenad Fellowship, a new program within Words Without Walls, a creative partnership between the Chatham MFA Creative Writing ProgramAllegheny County Jail, State Correctional Institution Pittsburgh, and Sojourner House.

Beginning January 2017, the Maenad Fellowship will support women who are in recovery from substance abuse, including those who have graduated from Sojourner House, a residential treatment facility for addicted women and their children. The fellowship will encourage a continuing writing practice through a community of writers, and provide $500 Giant Eagle gift cards to each participant in 12-week writing workshops that will be held on the Chatham campus. Participants will craft a collection of  their own writing, which Words Without Walls staff will help them design and share in a public reading of their work at the end of the 12-weeks.

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Helen Macdonald to speak at Chatham University January 30, 2017

PITTSBURGH:  Award-winning author, Helen Macdonald will discuss her work and answer questions on Monday, January 30th, 2017, at 12:00 pm in the Mellon Living Room, Mellon Center, on Chatham University’s Shadyside Campus.

Held in collaboration with Chatham University’s MFA in Creative Writing program and Pittsburgh Arts and Lectures, the event is free and open to the public.

Helen Macdonald is an English writer, poet, and naturalist. She is best known as the author of H is for Hawk, the instant New York Times bestseller and award-winning book which describes the year Macdonald spent training a goshawk after her father’s death. Fierce and feral, her goshawk Mabel’s temperament mirrors her own state of grief, and together raptor and human “discover the pain and beauty of being alive.” H is for Hawk has been called a genre-defying debut from one of our most unique and transcendent voices. The book has received the 2014 Samuel Johnson Prize and Costa Book Award, has been translated into 25 languages, and is being developed into a movie by Game of Thrones star Lena Headey.

Macdonald writes for the New York Times Magazine and is filming a BBC/PBS documentary on hawks both wild and tame. Macdonald’s other books include Shaler’s Fish, and Falcon. She is an Affiliated Research Scholar at the University of Cambridge Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

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Chatham University MFA in Creative Writing Program Receives NEH Grant

GRANT TO FUND EXPANSION OF WORDS WITHOUT WALLS

PITTSBURGH: Chatham University announced today that it has been awarded a $50,000 Humanities Access “challenge” grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to expand Words Without Walls, a creative partnership between the Chatham MFA Creative Writing ProgramAllegheny County Jail, State Correctional Institution Pittsburgh, and Sojourner House, a residential drug and alcohol treatment facility for mothers and their children.

Chatham’s grant is among $16.3 million in funding approved by the NEH for 290 projects in 43 states, District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico supporting a variety of humanities-based research and programs.  The Humanities Access grant program provides grants to help enhance and support existing cultural programs for youth, communities of color, and economically disadvantaged populations. In order to receive the full amount, the institutions and organizations receiving this grant must match the NEH funds with the same amount of money raised from non-federal, third party donors. Donations to Words Without Walls in support of the matching grant can be made on Chatham’s online giving page.

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