Chatham News

Low-Res MFA program presents free reading and book signing by author Barbara Hurd on August 6

By: Amanda Kennedy, Senior Public Relations Specialist
July 22, 2010

PITTSBURGH (July 22, 2010) … The Chatham University Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing program will mark its 2010 residency with a free public reading by author Barbara Hurd on Friday, August 6. The evening will begin with a reception from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the James Laughlin Music Hall, followed by Ms. Hurd’s keynote address titled “What We Talk about When We Talk about Nature Writing” from 7:30-9:00 p.m. with a book signing to follow. For more information contact Peter Oresick at 412-365-1264 or

August 2-11 marks the Low-Res MFA in Creative Writing program’s second residency period, when students from the online program participate in intensive writing, studying and lecture sessions at Chatham’s Shadyside and Eden Hall campuses. Launched in 2008, the Low-Res MFA is a 39-credit program that can be completed in two years with two summer residencies of ten days each. The program grew from Chatham’s highly acclaimedresidency program and maintains the same innovative focus on nature, environment and travel writing. In lieu of writing workshops each term, students receive mentorships with a publishing writer.

Barbara Hurd is the author of Walking the Wrack Line: On Tidal Shifts and What Remains (2008); Entering the Stone: On Caves and Feeling Through the Dark (2003); The Singer’s Temple (2003); Stirring the Mud: On Swamps, Bogs, and Human Imagination (2001); and Objects in this Mirror (1994). Entering the Stone was selected as a Library Journal Best Natural History Book of the Year in 2003 and Stirring the Mud was selected as a Los Angeles Times Best Book of 2001.

Her essays have appeared in numerous journals including Best American Essays 1999, Best American Essays 2001, The Yale Review, The Georgia Review, Orion, Audubon and others. She is the recipient of an NEA Fellowship for Creative Nonfiction, two Pushcart Prizes, four Maryland Individual Artist Awards for Poetry, winner of the Sierra Club’s National Nature Writing Award, and a finalist for the Annie Dillard Award for Creative Nonfiction and the PEN/Jerard Award. Ms. Hurd teaches creative writing at Frostburg State University in Frostburg, MD and in the Stonecoast MFA program at the University of Southern Maine.

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