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Duquesne Coffee House Continues: For the Love of Writing

The Coffee House Reading Series will feature fiction and poetry at its upcoming session in the Barnes & Noble Café of Duquesne University's Power Center.

Craig Bernier, an instructor of fiction writing in the English department, and Heather McNaugher, a poet and assistant professor of English at Chatham University, will read and discuss their works at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 12. Bernier's book, Your Idyllic Life, is pending publication in 2014, and McNaugher is the author of System of Hideouts.

Sponsored by the Department of English, the series of monthly events is aimed at developing the creative writing and arts community on campus, featuring established writers presenting their work alongside that of Duquesne students and other emerging writers. All readings are free and open to the public.

Upcoming sessions this semester, with readings starting at 7 p.m., are:

  • Thursday, March 21: Steven Schwartz, an award-winning fiction writer with his latest book Little Raw Souls, a collection of 11 stories of loss and replenishment. A professor at the University of Colorado his writing has received the Nelson Algren Award, the Cohen Award, the Colorado Book Award for the Novel, two O. Henry Prize Story Awards, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and the Cleanth Brooks Prize in Nonfiction from The Southern Review. Accompanying Schwartz will be former graduate student and published poet Brian Tierney.
  • Tuesday, April 16: Keeley Teslik, an undergraduate who won last year's Creative Writing Scholarship, and Jennifer Collins Gorman, a graduate student with a book of poetry in the works.

For more information, email coffeehouse@duq.edu.

In addition, readers and writers might be interested in marking their calendars for the Thursday, April 4, lecture at 7 p.m. bringing Pittsburgh poet Toi Dericotte to the Power Center.

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