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Tales of Forest Ranger, Executioner to be Shared at Coffeehouse Reading Series

Creative nonfiction writings and poetry will be shared at the upcoming Duquesne University Coffeehouse Reading Series on Monday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m. in the Barnes & Noble Café.

Dr. Anne Brannen, associate professor of English, will share her poetry situated at the crossroads of science and mythology, as well as her creative nonfiction, descended from the executioner who holds the record for the highest number of electrocutions in America.

Lorena Williams, an educator, award-winning writer and forest ranger who teaches first-year writing and creative writing at Duquesne, will read from her nonfiction book-in-progress, Firestorm: The Collision of Wildfire, Politics and Community in the American West.

A native of the American West, Williams continues to write about rock, sage and the high desert. Her work has appeared in Interdisciplinary Studies of Literature and Environment, The Fourth River and Touchstone journals. Her chapbook, Relic, was recently released from Appaloosa Press.

Sponsored by the English department, the Coffeehouse series is aimed at developing the creative writing and arts community on campus. It features established writers, Duquesne students and other emerging writers. All readings are free and open to the public. The Coffee House Readings Series takes a holiday break, returning in February.

Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.