Arcadia University’s Visiting Writers Series Welcomes Author and Poet Jackson Taylor, Sept. 30
Glenside, PA—Aug. 30, 2011— Arcadia University’s Visiting Writers Series welcomes Jackson Taylor, author of the critically acclaimed novel, The Blue Orchard on Friday, Sept. 30, at 7:30 p.m. in Grey Towers Castle. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served at 7 p.m. in advance of Taylor’s reading, and his book will be on sale for him to sign afterward. Arcadia University is located at 450 S. Easton Road, Glenside, Pa.
Taylor’s novel, The Blue Orchard, which was inspired by a true story, has received critical acclaim by Publisher’s Weekly, which states, “In what could be a modern classic, poet and fiction writer Taylor takes an unblinking look at abortion in America many decades before Roe v. Wade. In this powerful, vivid debut novel, Taylor parses issues of race, power, and religion in unflinching terms while believably inhabiting the mind of a conflicted woman.”
For more than 20 years, Jackson has directed the Prison Writing Program at the writer’s organization PEN American Center, where he edited and wrote the program’s Handbook for Writers in Prison. He is an adviser for the Anne Frank Center’s Prison Diary Project, and also teaches creative writing at various venues including the Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen in lower Manhattan.
Taylor also is a poet, and his poems have appeared in many literary magazines and journals. He helped found the prestigious Graduate Writing Program at The New School in Greenwich Village, where he continues to teach and share in the direction of the program’s future. He is working on a new novel set in Italy, and is finishing a collection of poems.
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