The Pitt-Greensburg Spring Written/Spoken Series welcomes author Christopher Barzak on Monday, April 10, at 7 p.m. in the Mary Lou Campana Chapel and Lecture Center. Pitt-Greensburg students Ned Lewis, Tori Phillips, and Jess Weiss will open the event, reading from their own work. A book sale and signing will follow the reading, which is free and open to the public.
Christopher Barzak is the author of the Crawford Fantasy Award winning novel, “One for Sorrow,” which has been made into the Sundance feature film “Jamie Marks is Dead.” His second novel, “The Love We Share Without Knowing,” was a finalist for the Nebula Award and the James Tiptree Jr. Award.
“Wonders of the Invisible World,” Barzak’s most recent novel, was published by Knopf in 2015 and received the Stonewall Honor Award from the American Library Association. He also is the author of two collections: “Birds and Birthdays,” a collection of surrealist fantasy stories, and “Before and Afterlives,” a collection of supernatural fantasies, which won Best Collection in the 2013 Shirley Jackson Awards.
Barzak grew up in rural Ohio, has lived in a southern California beach town, the capital of Michigan, and has taught English outside of Tokyo, Japan, where he lived for two years. Currently he teaches fiction writing in the Northeast Ohio MFA program at Youngstown State University.
Ned Lewis, Tori Phillips, and Jess Weiss are Creative and Professional Writing majors who are currently working on their Writing Capstones. Lewis and Phillips are working in fiction and Weiss is a nonfiction writer. Their readings will be excerpts from their work done for their capstones. As part of their capstone projects, these students will join their classmates in releasing their first chapbooks at a special reading and book signing on Wednesday, April 19, at 7 p.m. in the Hempfield Room (Chambers Hall, Pitt-Greensburg). As with all Creative and Professional Writing Program events, this event is free and open to the public.
The Pitt-Greensburg Written/Spoken series brings nationally-known poets and writers to the campus. Undergraduate student writers participate in readings and give performances of their own work. The series is sponsored by the Pitt-Greensburg Creative and Professional Writing Program and the Office of Academic Affairs. For more information, contact Professor Lori Jakiela at 724-836-7481 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.