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March 20, 2017

Arcadia Hosts Poet Sarah Blake for Visiting Writers Series

Arcadia University’s Visiting Writers Series continues with a reading and Q&A by poet Sarah Blake on Friday, March 31 beginning at 6 p.m. in Stein Fireplace Lounge in the Commons. Blake is the author of Mr. West , an unauthorized lyric biography about Kanye West that was released in 2015. Her...

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February 8, 2017

Arcadia Hosts Paul Lisicky for Visiting Writers Series

Arcadia University’s Visiting Writers Series returns for the Spring semester with a reading by Paul Lisicky on Friday, Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m. Lisicky will read from his The Narrow Door: A Memoir of Friendship , which was named as one of the best LGBTQ books of 2016 by The Miami Herald . The Narrow...

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December 5, 2016

Arcadia’s Creative Writing Program Hosts Mighty Writers Youth Organization

Arcadia University’s Creative Writing program hosted children and high school students from the Mighty Writers organization on Nov. 11. After touring the campus, the Mighty Writers read from their own works at an open mic and collaborated with Arcadia students on how they could make improvements. “...

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November 11, 2016

Murer ’06 Recognized for Community Achievement at ANCA World Autism Festival

Phoebe Murer ’06 , a graduate of Arcadia’s Psychology/Pre-Art Therapy program, received the third place International Naturally Autistic People (INAP) Award in Community Achievement at the 2016 ANCA World Autism Festival, held in Vancouver from Sept. 30 to Oct. 5. As an ANCA World Ambassador, Murer...

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October 5, 2016

Chestnut Hill Local Praises Betts’ Poetry Collection

On Sept. 29, the Chestnut Hill Local published a review praising of the poetry collection An Unwalled City by Genevieve Betts , adjunct professor of Creative Writing. “Betts’ work is filled with rich and iconic imagery, humor and reflection that can be enjoyed by those who have not spent years in...

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December 1, 2015

In Podcast, Warner Interviews Author of Booker Prize-winning Novel

Jim Warner , adjunct professor of English , interviewed author Marlon James earlier last week on Warner’s podcast, Citizen Lit . James’ novel A Brief History of Seven Killings , a decades-spanning epic that explores a failed assassination attempt on Bob Marley and the tumultuous years in Jamaica...

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November 17, 2015

Arcadia, Philadelphia High School Students Come Together for Mighty Writers Open Mic

By Alexander Wells '17 When I heard about the collaboration between Arcadia students and Philadelphia’s Mighty Writers , I hardly expected to witness a rap concert in the Fireplace Lounge. I’d imagined something more like the meet-and-greet I attended earlier in the day, where Lotus, one of the...

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November 3, 2015

Arcadia Creative Writing Program to Work with Mighty Writers

On Tuesday, Nov. 3, Arcadia’s undergraduate creative writing students will work with Philadelphia’s Mighty Writers program for a day on campus event. The event begins with a meet-and-greet at noon in the Castle Dining Room, with open mic readings set for 2-4 p.m. in the Stein Fireplace Lounge. The...

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October 19, 2015

Ponder the Poet at Oct. 20 Symposium

Many have commented on the value of poetry, from poets themselves (“Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world,” wrote Percy Bysshe Shelley) to politicians (“If more politicians knew poetry, and more poets knew politics...the world would be a little better place in which to live,” said...

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July 8, 2015

Feldman Discusses Debut Novel with Salon.com

On Salon.com, Stephanie Feldman , adjunct professor in the MFA of Creative Writing program , discusses the line between realism and fantasy and the use of fairy tale elements to explore trauma and memory in her debut novel, The Angel of Losses . Feldman’s novel is a Barnes & Noble Discover...

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July 2, 2015

Inquirer: Author Bryant ’99M Receives Sibert Medal

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that author Jen Bryant ’99M won the Robert F. Sibert Medal for her most recent picture book, The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus . The Right Word recounts the life of Peter Mark Roget, the British physician who created Roget’s Thesaurus. Given at the American...

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June 22, 2015

Award-winning Author Beth Kephart to Lead Creative Writing Weekend, Give Reading

Visiting Writer Beth Kephart will lead writing workshops June 27-28 as part of the M.F.A. in Creative Writing program's Summer Creative Writing Institute . In addition to teaching a private master class, Kephart will read passages from her books Small Damages , Going Over , One Thing Stolen , and...

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February 22, 2015

Video: Reading and Q&A With Poet Jericho Brown

On Feb. 11, poet Jericho Brown read selections from his award-winning debut collection, Please , and his latest release, The New Testament , to a standing-room-only crowd in the Castle Rose Room. After the readings, Brown took part in a Q&A session with Dr. Kalenda Eaton and answered questions...

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January 14, 2015

Arcadia Gets Geeky with Author Eric Smith ’08M, Jan. 22

By JASMINE L. HENDERSON ’15 The MFA Creative Writing program’s “Writers Return to Campus Series” presents author, blogger, and self-proclaimed geek Eric Smith ’08M on Thursday, Jan. 22, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Commons Stein Fireplace Lounge. Cofounder of the blog Geekadelphia and the Philly Geek...

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October 29, 2014

Marcella Haddad ’18: ‘Feed Your Reader: A Workshop with Author Nathaniel Popkin’

With the first six pages of her novel in hand, Marcella Haddad ’ 18 stepped into author Nathaniel Popkin’s writing workshop unsure of what to expect. Afterward, Haddad left with constructive criticism from her peers, writing tips from Popkin, and the affirmation that she is a “rising star.” Read...

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January 7, 2014

Isard Features on ‘Book Fight’ Podcast

Joshua Isard , assistant professor of English and director of the M.F.A. in Creative Writing, is the first guest of 2014 for “Book Fight,” an episodic podcast in which writers critique books while also discussing craft, publishing and contemporary literature. Hosts Tom McAllister and Mike Ingram...

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January 7, 2014

Isard Features on ‘Book Fight’ Podcast

Joshua Isard , assistant professor of English and director of the M.F.A. in Creative Writing, is the first guest of 2014 for “Book Fight,” an episodic podcast in which writers critique books while also discussing craft, publishing and contemporary literature. Hosts Tom McAllister and Mike Ingram...

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July 23, 2013

NJ.com: Brownell Prepares Youth Soccer Players to Meet Mia Hamm

Head coach Rick Brownell has more on his plate than coaching Arcadia University’s women’s soccer team. In June, Brownell had the task of preparing players from his nationally ranked youth team, the Greater Flemington Soccer Club Flames, for the TeamFirst Soccer Academy camp, where they would have...

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July 22, 2013

Graduate Morett Hired as Special Education Director for Pennsbury School District

Cheryl A. Morett, who received a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and master’s degrees in Special Education and Educational Leadership from Arcadia University, was recently hired as special education director for the Pennsbury School District. Morett, who will begin serving in September,...

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June 25, 2013

Video: MFA Professor Publishes Debut Novel, Guides Students in Their Writing Journey

Anyone who writes a book while leading Arcadia’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program can hardly be labeled a slacker, so it doesn’t seem as if Joshua Isard modeled the protagonist in his debut novel after himself. Conquistador of the Useless , released earlier this month, is the fruit...

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November 27, 2012

Dan Torday: Bringing Literature to Life at Arcadia

By JEN RETTER ’16 Photography CHRISTINA YEE ’14 Every seat in the Grey Towers Castle Rose Room was filled by aspiring writers and book buffs eager to learn more about novella writing and the fiction genre from Dan Torday, author of the The Sensualist , on Nov. 14. Additional rows of chairs were set...

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