Arcadia University Hosts Poet Matthew G. Frank and Novelist Justin Kramon, Aug. 8 

A Visiting Writer M.F.A. Residency Event

Glenside, Pa.—July 27, 2012—Arcadia University’s Visiting Writer M.F.A. Residency hosts poet Matthew Frank and novelist Justin Kramon on Wednesday, Aug. 8, at 7 p.m. in the Commons Great Room. Frank and Kramon will be giving readings, followed by a discussion. Arcadia adjunct professors and poets Dorian Geisler and Genevieve Betts also will take part in the reading. The event is free and open to the public. Arcadia University is located at 450 S. Easton Road, Glenside, Pa.

Matthew Frank is the author of Sagittarius Agitprop (Black Lawrence Press/Dzanc Books) and Warranty in Zulu (Barrow Street Press). He also is the author of the chapbooks Four Hours to Mpumalanga (Pudding House Publications), a poetry sequence about his initial visit to his wife’s homeland in rural South Africa, and “Aardvark” (West Town Press), a poetry sequence that strangely engages the alphabet. Frank’s work also appears in The New Republic, Field, Epoch, The Huffington Post, Crazyhorse, Indiana Review, The Iowa Review, The Poetry Foundation, North American Review, Pleiades, The Best Food Writing and The Best Travel Writing anthologies, Creative Nonfiction, Gastronomica, Plate Magazine, and others.

Frank earned a M.F.A. in Poetry and Creative Nonfiction from Arizona State University. He has taught creative writing to undergraduates in Phoenix, Arizona, and poetry to soldiers and their families near Fort Drum in upstate New York on the Canadian border.

He is the recipient of an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship, an artist’s grant to the Vermont Studio Center, the Sonoran Prize for Poetry, and numerous grants from the Virginia G. Piper Center for the Creative Arts. Currently, he teaches creative writing at Grand Valley State University in Michigan.

Justin Kramon is the author of the novel Finny (Random House 2010). He is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and has had stories published in Glimmer Train, Story Quarterly, Boulevard, Fence, TriQuarterly, and others.  He has received honors from the Michener-Copernicus Society of American, Best American Short Stories, the Hawthornden International Writers’ Fellowship, and the Bogliasco Foundation.

Dorian Geisler earned an M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop where he studied with poets James Galvin, Cole Swensen, and Elizabeth Robinson. His poetry has appeared in The Believer, LVNG, as well as other publications. He is an editor and co-founder of HOOT, (2011) a literary magazine base in Elkins Park, Pa. He also teaches at the Community College of Philadelphia. Dorian attended U.C. Berkley, where he studied philosophy and creative writing. He was a New York City Teaching Fellow; and upon graduation he taught high school English and creative writing in the Bronx.

Genevieve Betts earned a M.F.A. from Arizona State University where she was a poetry editor for Hayden’s Ferry Review.  Her poems and flash fiction pieces appear or are forthcoming in Clockhouse Review, Buddhist Poetry Review, Poetry Quarterly, OVS  Magazine, The 33rd Anthology, Quarter After Eight, Nano Fiction, 42opus, CHAIN, and MATTER. Her book reviews of poetry can be found in Western American Literature, Midwest Quarterly, and 42opus. Her manuscript, The Deafening, was a finalist for the ABZ First Book Award.

For more information, please contact Joshua Isard, Program Director, M.F.A. Creative Writing program (isardj@arcadia.edu).

About Arcadia University: Arcadia University is a top-ranked private university in metropolitan Philadelphia and a national leader in study abroad and international education. The 2011 Open Doors report ranks Arcadia University a top leader in the nation in undergraduate study abroad. U.S. News & World Report ranks Arcadia University among the top regional universities in the North and as one of the top study abroad programs. U.S. News also ranks Arcadia’s Physical Therapy program among the top 15 in the nation. Arcadia University promises a distinctively global, integrative and personal learning experience that prepares students to contribute and prosper in a diverse and dynamic world. (www.arcadia.edu)