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Visiting Writers Series to Feature Acclaimed Essayist and Poet

Published on October 8, 2012

Lia Purpura, acclaimed essayist and poet, will read an excerpt from her works on Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. in Isaacs Auditorium, in Susquehanna University’s Seibert Hall.Lia Purpura

During her visit to campus, she will also visit workshop classes and hold conferences with individual senior students. The week-long event is sponsored by the Writers Institute, which brings visiting writers to Susquehanna throughout the academic year.

Purpura is the author of “King Baby,” a book of poems and winner of an Associated Writing Programs Award. Her essay compilations include “Rough Likeness,” “Increase” and “On Looking,” which was a finalist for the national Book Critics Circle Award.

“It’s always to our benefit to have writers who publish in more than one genre be the writer who visits for a week each fall,” said Gary Fincke, professor of English and director of the Writers Institute at Susquehanna.

Several of Purpura’s works are studied in creative writing classes and workshops at Susquehanna.

“Our students will be well-prepared as audience members for a reading that references books they’ve read,” Fincke said.

The Visiting Writers Seriesbrings acclaimed authors to campus each year to give readings and engage with students. All readings are free and open to the public.


Karen M. Jones

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