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April 16, 2010
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Reading highlights seniors

The university Writers' Institute presented the last of six installments of senior readings on Wednesday, April 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the Lore A. Degenstein Art Gallery.

"What you're really going to hear is some really fine writing by those who are graduating," said Professor of English and Director of the Writers' Institute Gary Fincke.

He gave a brief introduction of the seniors before they began their readings.

The participating seniors were Marcus Burke of Hyde Park, Mass., Holly Moncavage of Mount Carmel, Madeline Hals of Morristown, N.J., Ashley Miller of Catawissa and William Paris of San Antonio, Texas.

The first reader was creative writing major Marcus Burke with a piece titled "Praise."
Burke joined the Writers' Institute after his freshman year. His work has been published four times through the Institute. Burke has also played four consecutive years on the men's varsity basketball team.

Creative writing major Holly Moncavage was the second reader and shared from her piece called "Space."

Moncavage has had her works published in River-Craft, the Susquehanna Review and the North Central Review. She also worked as Fincke's teaching assistant in fiction for the summer writing workshops.

The third reader was creative writing major Madeline Hals. She read a piece called "Surveyor."

Hals said she has spent the past four years concentrating on writing fiction and screenplays. She is a staff writer for The Crusader and has also published some of her photography work in RiverCraft.

Creative writing major Ashley Miller read fourth from her piece called "Work and Play on the Outer Banks."

Miller said that despite never publishing her work in RiverCraft, she has enjoyed being a part of the fiction reading boards for the past three years. She said she plans to take a year off before applying to graduate school.

The final reader of the night was creative writing and philosophy double major Paris. His piece was a chapter from the novel he has been writing for his independent writing project titled, "Songs from Bethlehem."

Paris' work has been published in university publications "Variance" and "Trans-formations."

He also read the beginning of his novel, "Songs from Bethlehem," at the Under-graduate Literary Conference at Susquehanna in February.

"I had a lot of fun," Paris said of his participation in the senior reading. "The character in my novel is really fun and sarcastic, so I had a great time getting into the voice."

The Writers' Institute will host one more Visiting Writer this semester. Jay Varner will read on Monday, April 19 at 4:30 p.m. in Isaacs Auditorium.

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