Southwestern writer Sharman Apt Russell reads on campus on April 19

New Mexican author Sharman Apt Russell, whose "Standing in the Light: My Life as a Pantheist," was named one of Booklists' Top 10 religious books of 2008, will speak in the Creative Writers Reading Series on Thursday, April 19, at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College.

An author’s reception will be held at 5:30 p.m.; Russell’s reading takes place at 6 p.m. in the campus' Larry and Kathryn Smith Chapel. Both events are free and open to the public, and free parking will be available in the college’s Junker Center lot.

Russell’s collections of essays include “Songs of the Fluteplayer: Seasons of Life in the Southwest,” which recounts her years as a back-to-the-lander and was a winner of the Mountains and Plains Booksellers Award and the New Mexico Zia Award, “An Obsession with Butterflies: Our Long Love Affair with a Singular Insect” and “Anatomy of a Rose: Exploring the Secret Life of Flowers,” which has been translated into Korean, Chinese, Swedish, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian and Italian.

She is a professor in the Humanities Department at Western New Mexico University in Silver City, and also serves on the creative nonfiction faculty for the low-residency MFA program at Antioch University in Los Angeles.

The spring series will end with senior thesis readings by B.F.A. students on Thursday, April 26.

Penn State Behrend’s annual Creative Writers Reading Series is produced by the college’s B.F.A. in creative writing degree program with support from the Clarence A. and Eugenie Baumann Smith Fund. For more information about the series, phone the Penn State Behrend School of Humanities and Social Sciences at 814-898-6108.


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Last Updated April 03, 2012