NPR best book author/former MMA fighter will discusses art, science April 15

April 09, 2015

The combination of NPR best book author, former MMA (mixed martial arts) fighter and creative writing instructor certainly is rare. Cameron Conaway, who fits all these categories and more, will speak at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, during Penn State Brandywine’s 2015 Spring Speaker Series, where he will bridge the gap between science and art.

Conaway is the author of “Malaria, Poems,” a book named one of National Public Radio's best books in 2014. He wrote it while serving as the poet-in-residence at Mahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit in Thailand. The book is the first full-length book of contemporary poetry about malaria’s impact on the world.

Conaway pursued his professional MMA fighting career by joining the Altoona Boxing Club. Later as a Penn State Altoona student, he found a way to pursue his studies and also train. Shortly after his third professional fight, he received his criminal justice degree from Penn State and was accepted to the University of Arizona’s master of fine art creative writing program to be its poet-in-residence.

He serves on the editorial board at Slavery Today, is a Rotary International End Polio Now History Maker and is a former executive editor at The Good Men Project.

Each year, Penn State Brandywine welcomes a number of distinguished speakers to campus. Brandywine will host four speakers who will discuss a variety of topics including the ever-changing weather of the Philadelphia region, how science and art mix, and geometric patterns found in nature.

On April 22, Glenn “Hurricane” Schwartz, NBC10 chief meteorologist, and Jon Nese, former on-air storm analyst at The Weather Channel and current Penn State faculty member in the meteorology department, will present about the ever-changing weather patterns of the Philadelphia region. The pair wrote “The Philadelphia Area Weather Book” in 2005.

Events are free and light refreshments will be served. All lectures will be held in Main Building 113 at 25 Yearsley Mill Road in Media.

Due to limited space, RSVP to or call 610-892-1212.

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Last Updated April 09, 2015