Susquehanna University Alumnus Concludes Visiting Writers Series
Published on April 8, 2010
SELINSGROVE—Susquehanna alumnus Jay Varner will read from his work April 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the university’s Isaacs Auditorium in Seibert Hall. The reading is the last in the Visiting Writers Series sponsored by Susquehanna’s Writers Institute.
Varner’s work has appeared in such publications as Black Warrior Review, Quick Silver, The Southeast Review and the Georgetown Review. His first book, a memoir entitled “Nothing Left to Burn,” is scheduled for publication by Algonquin Books later this year.
Gary Fincke, professor of English and director of the Writers Institute, spoke highly of Varner and his accomplishments since his graduation in 2003. "Jay Varner was possibly the hardest-working creative writing major in the history of the program,” said Fincke. “He put in the hours and the drafts and is now a young writer who transforms raw material into compelling, polished prose."
Varner, a Central Pennsylvania native, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in creative writing from Susquehanna and a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative nonfiction from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. He currently lives with his wife in Charlottesville, Va.
Varner’s visit coincides with the release of this year’s RiverCraft campus literary magazine and will include readings by current students who are published in the new issue. The winner of the Juliet Gibson Memorial Award will be announced at the evening event. Two finalists, one each in prose and poetry, are selected each year from among students who are published in RiverCraft. The award was established in 1988 in remembrance of the student editor who died the previous year.
Produced entirely by students, RiverCraft features fiction and poetry and is one of three literary magazines produced annually at Susquehanna University. The literary magazine Essay focuses entirely on nonfiction writing by SU students, and Susquehanna Review accepts works of fiction, nonfiction and poetry from undergraduates across the country.
For more information about programs sponsored by the Writers Institute and upcoming events, please visit www.susqu.edu/writers .
Founded in 1858, Susquehanna University is a national liberal arts college that prepares students for achievement, leadership and service in a diverse, interconnected world. Academic excellence, study away and service learning, student-faculty collaboration, and rich opportunities for creative and personal growth are hallmarks of a Susquehanna University education. Susquehanna students come from 36 states and 13 countries, and more than 90 percent of them find jobs or pursue graduate study within six months of graduation. The university is located in central Pennsylvania, in the town of Selinsgrove, along the banks of the Susquehanna River and about three hours from major East Coast cultural, financial and recreational centers. For more information, visit www.susqu.edu.
Karen M. Jones