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A Free Artist Workshop Based on the Poetry of Sheryl St. Germain Scheduled for Jan 16, 2015

PITTSBURGH : A workshop presentation of “Kiss Me or Cut Off My Head” will take place on Friday, January 16, 2015 at 8:00 PM at Most Wanted Fine Art Gallery, located at 5015 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh.

“Kiss Me or Cut Off My Head” is a collaboration between theatre artists Brooke M. Haney and Chris Carcione and the non-profit organization Shining Hope for Communities. The piece aims to raise money and build awareness for Margaret’s Safe Place, a project of Shining Hope.

Adapted by Haney from the poetry of Sheryl St. Germain, the Program Director for Chatham University’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program, and true stories of rape survivors, “Kiss Me or Cut Off My Head” confronts rape culture in America and Kenya through the lens of the Medusa myth. A central theme in the play is Medusa’s desire to address what others are saying of her and tell her own story, challenging assumptions often made about sexual assault.

The workshop presentation is free and open to the public.
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Chatham’s Creative Writing Program Receives Grant for the Make Mine Words Series

PITTSBURGH – The A.W. Mellon Charitable and Educational Trust Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation has awarded a grant to support the Make Mine Words reading series, part of the Words Without Walls program, a creative educational partnership between graduate students from the MFA in Creative Writing program at Chatham University and Allegheny County Jail in Pittsburgh.

The grant will aid Make Mine Words in bringing twelve nationally recognized authors to Pittsburgh over the course of two years. The writers will give public readings and book signings to the Pittsburgh community at Chatham University, the Allegheny County Jail, and the Sojourner House (a rehabilitation facility for recovering mothers). Each member involved in the series will receive an anthology featuring all the participating authors. Sheryl St. Germain, director of Chatham’s MFA in Creative Writing program and co-founder of the Words Without Walls program, will lead the Make Mine Words series.
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Chatham Faculty, Heather McNaugher and Sheila Squillante, To Hold Reading and Book Signing

PITTSBURGH:  Authors and Chatham Faculty, Heather McNaugher and Sheila Squillante will read from their works on Wednesday October 8, 2014 at 8:00 pm in the Mellon Board Room. The reading is free and open to the public and a book signing and reception will follow the reading.
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Chatham University to Host One-Day Writer’s Conference Featuring New York Times Bestselling Author, Roxane Gay

PITTSBURGH – Chatham University will host Conversations & Connections: Practical Advice on Writing, on Saturday, October 18th, 2014, featuring keynote speaker Roxane Gay, author of Bad Feminist. The event will be held on Chatham’s Shadyside campus and will feature a full day program including keynote, three craft panels, a one-on-one meeting with an editor, your choice of featured book, and a subscription to a literary journal.

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Author, Alix Ohlin, Visits Chatham As 2014 Melanie Brown Lecturer

PITTSBURGH – On Thursday, September 25, at 8 p.m. in the Mellon Board Room on Chatham University’s Shadyside Campus, the Chatham University MFA in Creative Writing program welcomes Alix Ohlin as the Melanie Brown Lecturer. Melanie and Fred R. Brown established the Melanie Brown Lecturer at Chatham 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 Erin Hutton at ehutton@chatham.edu for more information.

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Two Chatham Grad Students Receive Fellowships to Address Health Disparities in Under-Resourced Communities

PITTSBURGH – Two Chatham University graduate students in the Master of Arts in Food Studies and Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing programs begin the 2014-2015 academic school year named 2014-2015 Albert Schweitzer Fellows. As part of the The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship (ASF) program,  21 Pittsburgh-based graduate students will follow the example set by famed physician-humanitarian Albert Schweitzer (for whom their Fellowship is named), and spend the next year developing and implementing service projects that address the root causes of health disparities in under-resourced communities. The 2014-2015 Chatham University Schweitzer Fellows and their projects are:
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Author Readings at Chatham Jan 2013

PITTSBURGH-The MFA in Creative Writing Program at Chatham University will kick off 2014 with three readings this January. On January 14, Ashton Nichols will present his book Beyond Romantic Ecocriticism: Toward Urbanatural Roosting. Christopher Bakken and Katherine Ayres will follow on January 21 with readings from their latest books. Joseph Bathanti will round out the month with a reading on January 31. All events are free and open to the public. Contact Erin Hutton, Program Assistant for MFA Creative Writing, ehutton@chatham.edu, 412-365-1685, for more information.

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