The Fall 2016 Pitt-Greensburg Written/Spoken Series welcomes award-winning poets and authors Jim Daniels and Todd Davis on Wednesday, October 26, at 7 p.m. in the Mary Lou Campana Chapel and Lecture Center. The reading is free and open to the public. A book sale and signing, as well as an open mic, will follow the readings.
Todd Davis is the author of five full-length collections of poetry—“Winterkill,” “In the Kingdom of the Ditch,” “The Least of These,” “Some Heaven,” and “Ripe”—as well as of a limited edition chapbook, “Household of Water, Moon, and Snow: The Thoreau Poems.” He edited the nonfiction collection, “Fast Break to Line Break: Poets on the Art of Basketball,” and co-edited the anthology “Making Poems.”
His writing has been featured by Garrison Keillor on “The Writer’s Almanac” and by Ted Kooser in his syndicated newspaper column “American Life in Poetry.” His poems have won the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Prize, the Chautauqua Editors Prize, the ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Bronze Award, and have been nominated several times for the Pushcart Prize. His poetry has been published in such noted journals and magazines as “American Poetry Review,” “Iowa Review,” “North American Review,” “Missouri Review,” “Gettysburg Review,” “Orion,” “West Branch,” and “Poetry Daily.”
Davis is a fellow in the Black Earth Institute and teaches environmental studies, creative writing, and American literature at Pennsylvania State University’s Altoona College.
Jim Daniels’ next books of poems, “Rowing Inland” (Wayne State University Press), and “Street Calligraphy” (Steel Toe Books), will both be published in 2017. His fifth book of short fiction, “Eight Mile High” ( Michigan State University Press, 2014), was selected as a Michigan Notable Book and was a finalist for the Paterson Fiction Prize.
“The End of Blessings,” the fourth short film Daniels has written and produced, is currently making the rounds of film festivals. His poems have been featured on “Prairie Home Companion,” Garrison Keillor's "Writer's Almanac," in Billy Collins' “Poetry 180” anthologies, and Ted Kooser's "American Life in Poetry" series.
A native of Detroit, Daniels is a graduate of Alma College and Bowling Green State University. He is the Thomas Stockham University Professor of English at Carnegie Mellon University.
Pitt-Greensburg’s Written/Spoken Series brings nationally-known poets and writers to the Pitt-Greensburg 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 email@example.com.