Poetry reading by Erin Murphy wraps up Research Unplugged's spring season

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.-- Erin Murphy, associate professor of English at Penn State Altoona, will present "Once Upon a Line: A Poetry Reading and Discussion," at 12:30 p.m. on April 24 at Schlow Centre Region Library at the final Research Unplugged event of the semester.

The Research Unplugged series, now in its tenth year, brings together Penn State researchers and the State College community for lively public discussions.

This week's event marks National Poetry Month and will include a discussion of the creative writing process. Murphy, award-winning author of six books of poetry, will read primarily from her two most recent collections, "Distant Glitter," published by Word Poetry, and "Ancilla," from Lamar University Press.

In writing "Ancilla," Murphy said she was inspired to give voice to little-known historical figures who played ancillary roles in the lives of famous writers, artists, musicians, scientists, philosophers and others, including Walt Whitman, Friedrich Nietzsche, Georgia O'Keefe and Gustav Mahler. One reviewer called the poems "exquisitely researched and richly re-imagined" and said that "Murphy re-opens history and biography with strength and subtlety."

Research Unplugged event are open to the public, free of charge. A question and answer session is part of the program.

The Research Unplugged series is made possible with the support of Penn State and Schlow Centre Region Library. For additional information, contact series coordinator Melissa Beattie Moss at 814-865-2614 or mbmoss@psu.edu.

Last Updated April 24, 2014