Alice Friman to read at Penn State Behrend

September 08, 2014

ERIE, Pa. -- For Alice Friman, there’s always more than one way to look at life. This is the point the poet chooses to emphasize as a key theme in her latest work, “The View from Saturn.”

“‘The View from Saturn’ endeavors to look at the Earth and our life on it from two perspectives: objectively, as if from a great distance, and subjectively, focusing in on the body with all its cells and hungers,” said Friman in an interview with “The Georgia Review.”

“Imagine your life as a train you’re looking at from a distance so that you can see the whole thing -- the beginning and the end at once. Then, at the same time, be in the train, in the midst of your life, but aware always of the locomotive at the head of the train as well as the rattling caboose -- the end, that last car. That duality is what I was aiming for.”

Friman will read poems from “The View from Saturn” and other works when the Creative Writers Reading Series resumes at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, on Sept. 18. Her 6 p.m. reading and the reception that will precede it are free and open to the public. Both events will be held in the Larry and Kathryn Smith Chapel.

Friman is the poet-in-residence at Georgia College and has published six full-length collections of poetry, including “The View from Saturn,” which will be released Sept. 11. The New York City native also hosts a poetry podcast titled "Ask Alice," which is sponsored by the Georgia College MFA program and can be seen on YouTube.

The Creative Writers Reading Series is produced by Penn State Behrend’s B.F.A. in Creative Writing degree program with support from the Clarence A. and Eugenie Baumann Smith Fund. For additional information call 814-898-6108 or visit behrend.psu.edu/readings.

  • Alice Friman will read from “The View from Saturn” when the Creative Writers Reading Series resumes Thursday, Sept. 18.

    Alice Friman will read from “The View from Saturn” when the Creative Writers Reading Series resumes Thursday, Sept. 18 at Penn State Behrend.

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