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Creative writing student published in literary journal

Creative Writing and English Literature major Samuel Novoa ’20 (Byram Township, N.J.) recently had a poem selected for publication in The Allegheny Review. Now entering its 34th year of publication, The Allegheny Review is one of the few literary magazines nationwide dedicated exclusively to undergraduate works of poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and artwork. Published annually, the periodical showcases some of the best literature the nation’s undergraduates have to offer.

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English professor redefines assignment-writing in article series

John P. Graham Teaching Professor Gary R. Hafer, Ph.D, takes teaching to the next level with his theories on assignment writing. In collaboration with his colleague Maryellen Weimer, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Teaching and Learning at Pennsylvania State University, Hafer wrote a series of articles to be published bimonthly in The Teaching Professor through May 2019.

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“Sophisticated Giant: The Life and Legacy of Dexter Gordon” author discusses her enlightening experiences in the jazz world in Brilliant Corners

In an interview conducted for the most recent issue of Brilliant Corners, Maxine Gordon characterizes jazz as a complex and uniting art form, honoring specifically the memory of her late husband, Dexter Gordon. Sascha Feinstein, Ph.D., Robert L. and Charlene Shangraw Professor of English at Lycoming College, managing editor of Brilliant Corners, who conducted this interview in Dennis, Mass., on Aug. 16, led an insightful discussion exploring Gordon’s introduction to the jazz world, Gordon’s experiences with her husband, the publication of Gordon’s biography about her husband, and her opinions of jazz writing.

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Poetry collection published by Lycoming College instructor and Mill Hall native

Lycoming College’s Shanna Powlus Wheeler, director of the writing center and instructor in the English department, recently authored her first full-length collection of poetry, “Evensong for Shadows,” published by Resource Publications. The follow-up to her chapbook titled “Lo and Behold,” published with Finishing Line Press in 2009, the book includes sixty original poems and is divided into four sections titled “Evensong for Shadows,” “A Choir of Cells,” “The Music of the Spheres,” and “Ring of Vowel.”

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Lycoming College faculty member co-edits “Faulkner and Hemingway”

Lycoming College congratulates Andrew Leiter, Ph.D., professor of English at Lycoming College, for his work co-editing “Faulkner and Hemingway.” The book was published on Oct. 1, and features selected essays from a biannual Faulkner conference hosted at Southeast Missouri State University.

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Pulitzer Prize winner to speak at Lycoming College

Lycoming College’s English department is pleased to welcome award-winning author Michael Cunningham for a reading in Mary Lindsay Welch Honors Hall this coming fall. The event will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 7:30 p.m., and is free and open to the public.

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Lycoming College appoints six faculty members with endowed professorships

Lycoming College is pleased to announce the appointments of endowed professorships to six faculty members. Made possible by established gifts to the College, endowed professorships are one of the highest honors that Lycoming awards faculty members to recognize a career marked by exceptional teaching, scholarship, and service.

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Beyond the classroom: Lycoming College provides students with enriching travel experiences

This spring provided excitement and adventure for many Lycoming College students as they broadened their horizons and traveled to various parts of the world for a variety of learning opportunities. Four May Term courses provided 55 students travel experiences to England, France, Spain, the Dominican Republic, and the Adirondacks.

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Distinguished poet discusses John Coltrane and jazz in America in Brilliant Corners

Michael Harper’s celebration of jazz and John Coltrane through poetry characterizes his deep understanding and appreciation for jazz, as well as the countless ways jazz can inspire all artists alike. In an interview included in the most recent issue of Brilliant Corners, Harper discusses the role of jazz in America, the individuality of the artist, and the discomfort associated with addressing certain aspects of American history and culture.

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Lycoming College student’s poetry published in national undergraduate literary journal

Olivia Heckroth, a junior creative writing and corporate communications double major at Lycoming College, recently had five poems selected for publication in the 2018-2019 edition of The Allegheny Review. Now entering its 32nd year of publication, The Allegheny Review is one of America’s few nationwide literary magazines dedicated exclusively to undergraduate works of poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction and artwork. Undergraduate students may submit up to five poems for consideration.

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Lycoming College Himes/Sweeney Visiting Scholar series to feature poet

The English Department of Lycoming College is sponsoring a reading by American poet Christopher Bakken as part of its Himes/Sweeney Visiting Scholar in Creative Writing series this spring of 2018. The event takes place on Thursday, Feb. 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the Mary Lindsay Welch Honors Hall of Lycoming College, located on the corner of Fourth and Basin streets, in Williamsport.

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Young-adult novelist discusses jazz and education in Brilliant Corners

Thanks to author Mick Carlon, jazz is becoming more and more popular for teenagers around the country. In a recent interview for Brilliant Corners, Carlon discusses his three novels — “Riding on Duke’s Train,” “Travels with Louis,” and “Girl Singer” — and the importance of bringing music into the classroom.

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British crime writer describes jazz influences in England in "Brilliant Corners"

The jazz circles in England are peppered by evenings where sax, drums and horns punctuate poetry read by author John Harvey, best known for his crime novels. In a recent interview for “Brilliant Corners,” Harvey discusses the influence of jazz on him as a writer and his most famous character, detective Charlie Resnik.

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Creative writer reads excerpts from memoir about his artistic father and latest collection of poems

Sascha Feinstein, Ph.D., co-director of Lycoming College’s creative writing department, will be presenting his poetry and creative nonfiction at an upcoming reading at 6 p.m. on April 24. The reading, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Lowery Room of the James V. Brown Library in downtown Williamsport.

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Former Poet Laureate highlights the beauty of devastation

In honor of National Poetry Month, poet Betsy Sholl will read recent work on April 20 from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public and will be held in the Mary L. Welch Honors Hall on the corner of Fourth and Basin Streets.

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