Bloomsburg University reading series lineup announced

For Immediate Release

August 30, 2005

BLOOMSBURG—The Big Dog Reading Series of Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania will feature readings by two novelists and a poet this fall. The readings are free and open to the public.

Ed Moses will read from his memoir, "Pilgrimage with Fish," Wednesday, Sept. 14, at 7 p.m. in Kehr Union, Multipurpose Room B. The book, set on the west branch of the Susquehanna River, is a reflection on fathers, sons, and fish. Moses is also the author of three novels, "Nine Sisters Dancing," "One Smart Kid," and "Astonishment of the Heart." A Williamsport resident, Moses is an assistant professor of English at Bloomsburg University.

Suki Kim will give a reading from her novel, "The Interpreter," Wednesday, Oct. 12, at 7 p.m. in Kehr Union, Multipurpose Room B. Kim will also give a talk about the craft of writing at 3 p.m. on Oct. 12 in the same location. Kim was born in Seoul, South Korea, and came to New York at the age 13. She graduated from Barnard College and went on to study at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. Her nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, Boston Globe and Newsweek. The Interpreter, her first novel, won the Pen Beyond Margins Award and Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award, and was runner-up for the Pen Hemingway Prize.

Marjorie Maddox is the final reader for the fall semester on Thursday, Nov. 3, at 7:30 p.m. Maddox, director of creative writing and professor of English at Lock Haven University, has published six collections of poetry, most recently "Transplant, Transport, Transubstantiation ," winner of the 2004 Yellowglen Prize from WordTech Editions. Maddox is also co-editor, with Jerry Wemple, associate professor of English at BU, of the anthology "Common Wealth: Contemporary Poets on Pennsylvania," to be published this fall by Penn State Press.

A book signing follows each reading, with copies of the publications available for purchase.

The Big Dog Readings series is named for the BU mascot, Roongo the Husky. Now in its seventh year, the series brings poets and writers to the Bloomsburg University campus to meet with students in the undergraduate creative writing program and to offer public readings. The series is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and the department of English. For more information, call 570-389-4427.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students and offers 65 bachelor’s, 18 master’s and one doctoral degree.