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Manchester College’s Writers Series

brings professionals to campus


Once again, Manchester College’s English Department is hosting a Writers Series, giving students and the public opportunity to hear works read by their professional authors, then meet and talk with them.  The visiting published writers, who all teach English at the college level, have been presenting their works on campus during April. They are: Laurel Smith of Vincennes University; Todd Davis of Penn State University at Altoona; Jeff Gundy of Bluffton College; and filmmaker Chris Boebel with his father, Charles Boebel, author and MC professor emeritus.

The series culminates Monday, April 25, with a 7:30 p.m., reading by poet Smith in Wine Recital Hall.  She also is a 1978 graduate of Manchester College. 

After the artists present their works, students and the public have time to talk with them. Katharine Ings, assistant professor of English, sees these events as opportunities for the public to learn about the poets and authors themselves, rather than just studying their work.

“This gives them the opportunity to meet a living, breathing poet and the opportunity to talk with them about the real work of poetry,” Ings said. “…this will help them to connect the craft of poetry with the real person.” This is the second year for the Writer’s Series.


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