Ashland University English Department Sets Spring Reading Series

3/18/10 ASHLAND, Ohio --The Ashland University English Department has set the Spring 2010 Reading Series that will open on March 29 with Diana Joseph reading creative nonfiction.

All readings will take place in Room 138 of the Dwight Schar College of Education and are free and open to the public. Readings begin at 4:30 p.m. followed by refreshments at 5:30 p.m.

Joseph, who teaches in the MFA Program at Minnesota State University, Mankato, is the author of the story collection "Happy or Otherwise" (Carnegie Mellon UP 2003) and the memoir "I'm Sorry You Feel that Way: The Astonishing But True Story of a Daughter, Sister, Slut, Wife, Mother and Friend to Man and Dog" (Putnam 2009).

On April 12, Elton Glaser will be reading poetry. Glaser, a native of New Orleans, is distinguished professor emeritus of English at the University of Akron, where he also directed the University of Akron Press and edited the Akron Series in Poetry.

Glaser has published six full-length collections of poetry, most recently "Here and Hereafter" (Arkansas, 2005), winner of the Ohioana Book Award for Poetry. With William Greenway, he co-edited "I Have My Own Song for It: Modern Poems of Ohio (Akron, 2002). Among his awards are fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ohio Arts Council, the Iowa Poetry Award, and the Crab Orchard Poetry Award. His poems have appeared in the 1995, 1997 and 2000 editions of "The Best American Poetry."

On April 19, Tom Noyes will be reading fiction. Noyes' two story collections, "Spooky Action at a Distance and Other Stories" (2008) and "Behold Faith and Other Stories" (2003), both appeared with Dufour Editions. His stories have appeared in many literary journals.

Noyes' work has been named a finalist for the Breadloaf Prize, the Flannery O'Connor Award, the Grace Paley Prize, and the Richard Sullivan Prize. "Behold Faith and Other Stories" was shortlisted for Stanford Libraries' William Saroyan Prize. He currently lives in Erie, Pa., with his wife and daughter. He teaches creative writing and literature in the BFA program at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, where he also serves as consulting editor for the literary journal, Lake Effect.

For more information, please contact Carolyn Yannayon at 419-289-5110 or at<>.

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