Charlotte Holmes to give reading as part of Mary E. Rolling Reading Series

January 18, 2016

Penn State professor and award-winning writer Charlotte Holmes will give a free reading as part of the Mary E. Rolling Reading Series at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, in Paterno Library’s Foster Auditorium on the University Park campus. The reading is free and open to the public.

Holmes is professor of creative writing and women’s studies and serves as the director of the Creative Writing Program at Penn State. She has received a number of awards for her work with students in and outside of the classroom, including the George Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching; the Stephanie Pavlouck Shields Award for the Mentoring of Women; the College of Liberal Arts Outstanding Advising Award; and, the College of Liberal Arts Award for Outstanding Teaching By Tenure-Line Faculty.

Holmes is the author of two collections of short stories: "Gifts and Other Stories" (1994), and "The Grass Labyrinth," which is forthcoming in March. Holmes’ work has also been anthologized in "New Stories From the South 2009," as well as "After O’Connor: Stories From Contemporary Georgia," and featured in publications such as The Antioch Review, Epoch, Grand Street, Narrative, and The New Yorker. Her poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Tar River Poetry, The Women's Review of Books, and other journals.

The recipient of a Writer's Exchange fellowship from Poets & Writers, Holmes has also received a Wallace Stegner Fellowship, two Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowships, and the D.H. Lawrence Fellowship in Fiction. Holmes has been recognized by Narrative magazine, which awarded third place to her short story “The Grass Labyrinth,” and was a finalist for the Coniston Prize for Outstanding Writing by Women. Publisher’s Weekly describes her writing as “slices of life…surprisingly rich in detail.”

The Mary E. Rolling Reading Series is sponsored by Penn State’s Department of English. Additional sponsorship for this event is provided by the Mary E. Rolling Endowment; the Joseph L. Grucci Poetry Endowment; the Paterno Fellows Program; the Pennsylvania Center for the Book; the University Libraries; and, the Penn State College of the Liberal Arts.


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