Poet Kasischke to read at Penn State Behrend

By definition, Laura Kasischke is a poet. But it’s been suggested that that description might be selling her short.

“It is not enough to say that Kasischke’s language is ‘poetic,’ a word that has come to mean ‘pretty,’” wrote Erika Krouse in a New York Times review. “Rather, her writing does what good poetry does — it shows us an alternate world and lulls us into living in it.”

Kasischke will read excerpts from her poetry collections and fiction pieces when the Creative Writers Reading Series resumes at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, on March 26. 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.

Kasischke has published nine novels and nine poetry collections. Her latest collection, “The Infinitesimals,” was published in July. She has also published the short story collection “If a Stranger Approaches You.”

Kasischke has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts as well as several Pushcart Prizes. Her writing has also appeared in Best American Poetry, The Kenyon Review, Harper’s and The New Republic.

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.

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Last Updated February 25, 2015