FALL 2014

The Visiting Writers Series is back after a much needed summer vacation! Our Fall line up is coming together, so keep checking back for updates on upcoming readings. Our season kicks off this September with…


September 29, 5:30 p.m., Fred Rogers Center


Ossian Foley is a poet and man of the sea. Of: Vol. I was published in 2013 by Ugly Duckling Presse. With Jim Longley, Ossian edits LVNG Magazine. Ossian lives in Cleveland with his dog, Satchel.
Caryl Pagel is the author of Twice Told (H_NG M_N Books, 2014) and Experiments I Should Like Tried At My Own Death (Factory Hollow Press, 2012). She is the co-founder and editor of Rescue Press, a poetry editor at jubilat, and the Director of the Cleveland State University Poetry Center.


April 3rd, 5:30 p.m., Fred Rogers Center

Ellen McGrath Smith teaches at the University of Pittsburgh and in the Carlow University Madwomen in the Attic program. Poems have appeared in Cimarron, Bayou, Quiddity, Now Culture, Sententia, The American Poetry Review, Cerise, The Same, Kestrel, Oranges & Sardines, Diner, 5 a.m., Oxford Magazine, The Prose Poem, Southern Poetry Review, Descant (Canada), and others. Flash fiction published or forthcoming in Kestrel, Weave, Switchback, Thickjam, Thumbnail, The Shadyside Review, Wordgathering, and Atticus Review. Her work has been recognized with an AROHO Orlando Prize, an Academy of American Poets award, a Rainmaker Award from Zone 3 magazine, and a 2007 Individual Artist grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Her chapbook, Scatter, Feed, will be published in the spring of 2014 by Seven Kitchens Press. She is an alumna of Seton Hill University.

Senior SARA CAMPBELL will read works from her senior project before Ellen’s reading.




March 25th, 5:30 p.m., Fred Rogers Center

Karen Dietrich grew up in the 1980s in a small factory town fifty-seven miles from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

​​​Her first full-length book, The Girl Factory: A Memoir, (skirt/Globe Pequot) was published in 2013. She is also the author of three chapbooks:  Understory (dancing girl press, 2013), Girl Years (Matter Press, 2012) and Anchor Glass (Finishing Line Press, 2011).

​Karen lives in Greensburg, Pennsylvania.  She teaches writing at Westmoreland County Community College and the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg.  She recently joined the faculty of the online creative writing MFA program at the University of Arkansas at Monticello.