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English department to host award-winning author

English department to host award-winning author

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The Lycoming College English department, as part of its Reading Series, will welcome award-winning author and poet Davis Jauss for a public reading on Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 7:30 p.m. in the Mary Lindsay Welch Honors Hall.

Jauss will be a visiting author from Sept. 16-20 and while on campus, he also will teach writing workshops and literature courses, as well as present a lecture on writing on Sept. 18 at 3:30 p.m. in the College Archives.

Jauss is the author of two previous collections of short stories, “Black Maps” and “Crimes of Passion”; two collections of poems, “You Are Not Here” and “Improvising Rivers”; and a collection of essays, “On Writing Fiction.” His most recent work is “Glossolalia: New and Selected Stories,” which Andre Dubus III called a “cause for celebration. His prose is at once lean and generous, sensual and intelligent, edgy without being judgmental.”

Jauss has also edited or co-edited three anthologies: “Strong Measures: Contemporary American Poetry in Traditional Forms,” “The Best of Crazyhorse: Thirty Years of Poetry and Prose,” and “Words Overflown by Stars: Creative Writing Instruction and Insight from the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA Program.”

His short stories have been published in numerous magazines and reprinted in such anthologies as Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Awards: Prize Stories, and, twice, in The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses, as well as in The Pushcart Book of Short Stories: The Best Stories from a Quarter-Century of the Pushcart Prize. He is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a James A. Michener Fellowship, three fellowships from the Arkansas Arts Council, and one from the Minnesota State Arts Board.

Jauss teaches creative writing at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and in the master of fine arts degree Writing Program at Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Jauss last visited Lycoming in March 2004. Sascha Feinstein, Ph.D., professor of English and creative writing, is delighted to have Jauss return to campus.

“Because Dave has published so widely in poetry, fiction and nonfiction, he can speak expertly to all our majors,” Feinstein said. “He’s also a kind, humble, totally approachable person who imparts profound wisdom without ever sounding condescending or haughty.”

The Lycoming College Reading Series introduces students to the most distinguished writers in the country, including recipients of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, as well as inspiring new voices. Recent guest have included Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Dunn and Maine Poet Laureate Betsy Sholl.

Lycoming College is a four-year, residential liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. Its rigorous academic program, vibrant residential community and supportive faculty foster successful student outcomes. Lycoming offers 36 academic majors and is recognized as a Tier 1 institution by U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1812 and located near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pa., Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation. For more information, visit

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