Susquehanna Alumna, Prize-Winning Author to Read From Work
Published on April 4, 2012
Jennifer Perrine, a 2000 graduate of Susquehanna University, is the last of six authors to appear this year as part of the school’s Visiting Writers Series. She will read from her work April 16 at 7:30 p.m. in Seibert Hall’s Isaacs Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.
Perrine’s first book of poetry, “The Body Is No Machine,” was published in 2007 by New Issues Press and won the 2008 Devil's Kitchen Reading Award in Poetry. Published by the University of Utah in 2011, her second collection of poems, “In the Human Zoo,” won the Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize. Her work has appeared in several journals, including the Green Mountains Review, Bellingham Review, Nimrod and Southern Poetry Review.
After receiving her bachelor’s degree in religion from Susquehanna, Perrine pursued writing for several years before earning her master’s degree in English from Bucknell University in Lewisburg. She later received a doctorate degree in creative writing from Florida State University, where she taught classes and worked as a poetry editor for the Southeast Review. Perrine is currently an assistant professor of English at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.
The Visiting Writers Series is sponsored by The Writers Institute at Susquehanna, home to the university’s nationally recognized writing program. Visiting writers not only offer free readings to the public, but also devote time to lunches, classroom discussion and informal Q-and-A sessions with Susquehanna’s creative writing students, providing a uniquely intimate opportunity for learning and connecting with successful authors.
Karen M. Jones