Ashland University English Department Sets Spring Reading Series

3/21/12 ASHLAND, OH -- The Ashland University English Department has set its Spring 2012 Reading Series that will feature a fiction reading by Jennifer Haigh on April 9 and a nonfiction reading by Richard Hoffman on April 16. 


The readings will take place in Room 138 of the Dwight Schar College of Education and are free and open to the public. The readings will begin at 4:30 p.m. followed by refreshments at 5:30 p.m. For more information, please contact Kari Repuyan at 419.289.5110 or at


Haigh is a novelist and short story writer. Her novels, “Faith,” “The Condition,” “Baker Towers” and “Mrs. Kimble,” have won both the PEN/Hemingway Award for debut fiction and the PEN/L.L. Winship Award for outstanding book by a New England writer, and have been published in 16 languages. Her short stories have been published in The Atlantic, Granta, The Saturday Evening Post and many other magazines. A native of western Pennsylvania, she earned her M.F.A. in fiction writing at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and now lives in the Boston area.


Hoffman is the author of “Half the House: a Memoir,” and the poetry collections, “Without

Paradise”; “Gold Star Road,” the winner of the 2006 Barrow Street Press Poetry Prize and the 2008 Sheila Motton Award from the New England Poetry Club; and his latest, “Emblem.” A fiction writer as well, his “Interference & Other Stories” was published in 2009. His work has appeared in Agni, Ascent, Harvard Review, Hudson Review, The Literary Review, Poetry, Witness and other magazines. His new memoir, “Love & Fury,” will be published by Beacon Press in fall 2013. He teaches at Emerson College and currently serves as chair of PEN New England.


Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2012, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University ( values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.

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