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Chatham MFA in Creative Writing to Host “Writers on Disability & Access in the Literary Community” on April 4

PITTSBURGH:  On Wednesday, April 4th, at 7 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 host Dialogues: Writers on Disability and Access in the Literary Community. Sonya Huber, Sally Alexander, and Christopher Heuer will read from their work and discuss their experiences as writers with disabilities, as well as the responsibility of academic and publishing institutions to be more inclusive of marginalized populations.

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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The Fourth River hosts Robin Becker for Joint Launch Event on March 16

PITTSBURGH:  On Friday, March 16th, at 7 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 proudly launches Issue 15: Displacement of The Fourth River, a journal of nature and place-based writing.

Additionally, we will be celebrating the launch of Fourth River contributor, Robin Becker’s new collection of poetry, The Black Bear Inside Me. Books will be available for signing after the event.

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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Author, Sheryl St. Germain, Celebrates the Launch of her Book, The Small Door of Your Death

PITTSBURGH:  On Friday, February 9th, at 7 p.m. in the Welker Room in the James Laughlin Music Hall, on Chatham University’s Shadyside campus, the Chatham University MFA in Creative Writing Program proudly presents The Small Door of Your Death, a poetry collection written by Sheryl St. Germain, published by Autumn House Press.

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

Sheryl St. Germain’s poetry books include Making Bread at Midnight, (Slough Press), How Heavy the Breath of God, The Journals of Scheherazade (both University of North Texas Press), and Let it Be a Dark Roux: New and Selected Poems (Autumn House Press).

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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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