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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.

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