Caitlin Horrocks to Read December 1


As part of the Mary E. Rolling Reading Series, Caitlin Horrocks will be reading this Thursday, December 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the Foster Auditorium.

Caitlin Horrocks is author of the story collection This Is Not Your City. Her work appears in The New Yorker, Best American Short Stories, PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, The Pushcart Prize, The Paris Review, Tin House, and elsewhere. She is fiction editor of The Kenyon Review and teaches at Grand Valley State University and in the Warren Wilson MFA Program. Her debut novel and second story collection are forthcoming from Little, Brown.

Juan Felipe Herrera Readings/Interview Now Online

Select pieces from U.S. Poet Laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera’s, reading from the Emily Dickinson Lecture are officially up on the Creative Writing YouTube channel! Be sure to check them out if you couldn’t be with us this past October 19th!


A special thank you also goes to BA/MA student, Abby Kennedy, on conducting an incredibly compelling interview with Mr. Herrera, which can also be found in several videos on our YouTube channel.


For a complete list of past recorded readings and interviews, please check out our channel as well as the Videos tab!

Penn State Grad Ruth Ellen Kocher to Read November 3rd


Join us Thursday, Nov. 3 at 7:30 p.m. as award-winning poet, Ruth Ellen Kocher, a Penn State alumna who earned a bachelor of arts in English in 1990, will read as part of the Mary E. Rolling Reading Series in Paterno Library’s Foster … [Continue reading]

U.S. Poet Laureate to Deliver 2016 Emily Dickinson Lecture October 19th


Join us Wednesday, October 19th at 7:30 p.m. to hear United States Poet Laureate, PEN/Beyond Margins Award winner, and National Book Critics Circle Award winner Juan Felipe Herrera deliver this year’s Emily Dickinson Lecture in Paterno Library’s … [Continue reading]

Renovo, PA, the Focus of Documentary Writing and Photography Course

Writing student Makensi Ceriani sits near the Renovo rail yard. Image: Jana Bontrager

  A recently published article from Penn State News details the collaborative 400-level course taught last spring by writer, Julia Kasdorf, and photographer, Steven Rubin. The special-topics course combined both documentary writing and … [Continue reading]

BA/MA Welcome Back Potluck


This past Friday, BA/MA students and faculty gathered together for the first potluck of the year with great food and even better company. Sitting outside enjoying the beautiful weather, first years, second years, and professors alike caught up on … [Continue reading]

Ron Rash to Read September 26th


Join us this upcoming Monday, September 26th, as bestselling novelist, short story writer, and poet, Ron Rash, opens this year’s Mary E. Rolling Reading Series at 7:30 pm in Paterno Library’s Foster Auditorium. Rash is the author of the 2009 … [Continue reading]

Tom Williams Reading Tonight


Tonight our reading series will come to a close with a final reading by Tom Williams. Williams is the author of The Mimic's Own Voice, Don't Start Me Talkin', and Among the Wild Mulattos and Other Tales, which was released in July of last year. An … [Continue reading]

Aryn Kyle Reading Tonight


Join us tonight for a reading by Aryn Kyle, an award-winning novelist and short fiction writer. Kyle is the author of The God of Animals, an international best-selling novel. Her latest work, Boys and Girls Like You and Me, is a short story … [Continue reading]

Charlotte Holmes Reading Tonight


Our very own Charlotte Holmes will be kicking off our Mary E. Rolling Series this semester tonight at 7:30 in Foster Auditorium. She will be reading from her brand new book of short stories, The Grass Labyrinth. Holmes is the director of the Creative … [Continue reading]

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