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Chatham hosts Summer Community of Writers Public Readings in August featuring writer BK Loren and others

PITTSBURGH—Chatham University’s MFA in Creative Writing Program hosts a series of summer readings from local and visiting writers as part of its 10-day Summer Community of Writers workshop. The events will take place on Chatham’s Shadyside Campus from July 31 to August 10.

The following readings are free and open to the public. Book sales, signings, and receptions will follow each event. For more information, contact Erin Hutton at

Wednesday, July 31: 7:30-9 p.m.
MFA Faculty Reading with Sherrie Flick, Sean Thomas Dougherty, Lori Jakiela, and Aubrey Hirsch
Mellon Living Room

Friday, August 2: 7:30-9 p.m.
Keynote Address and Reading by BK Loren
Rewilding the Mind: Why Place-Based Writing Matters Now More Than Ever
Mellon Board Room

Saturday, August 3: 7-8:30 p.m.
MFA Student Reading: MFA students read from current work, followed by open mic
Mellon Board Room

Sunday, August 4: 7:30-9 p.m.
Words Without Walls Reading & Reception: Words Without Walls graduates and teachers read from their work. Visit for more information.
Mellon Board Room

Tuesday, August 6: 7:30-9 p.m.
MFA Faculty Reading with Sheila Squillante, Sarah Shotland, and Robert Stevens
Mellon Living Room

Wednesday, August 7: 7-9 p.m.
New America Reading: James Tolan, Holly Messitt, Sheryl St. Germain, and Toi Derricotte
Mellon Board Room



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 “4 top schools you should consider” and in 2009, named it one of ten 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