Evie Shockley, an award-winning poet who embraces both free-verse and traditional styles of writing, will open up the 2014-15 Writers Read series on Wednesday, September 24, at 8 p.m. in Eastern Mennonite University’s Lehman Auditorium.
“Shockley brings excitement as she goes beyond reading to performing her work,” said Michael Medley, chair of language and literatur ...More
Senior Kara Lofton ponders the university’s Common Read program, now in Year 2, after reading the assigned book, The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains.
I’m big on reading books (no TV at home when growing up) and consider myself decently informed about the university that I’ll be getting a degree from in December, but I had never heard of the Common ...More
One late night in early August, Kate Baer ’07 received the email that every writer hopes for. This one was from an editor at the Huffington Post, asking for permission to share Baer’s recent blog post, “When You Are Tightly Wound.”
The attention from one of the m ...More
After earning a degree in songwriting from Berklee College of Music in Boston in 2006, Harrisonburg native John Hostetter ’11 moved to Tucson, Arizona. He spent two years playing guitar in a bluegrass band, then joined a rock band called Harlem, moved to Austin, Texas, and started to get recognized nationally.
“I lived [in Austin] for a summer, and a bunch of things happened all at o ...More
A lesson on not judging someone based on outward appearances by Don Clymer, EMU professor of Spanish and humanities
“I love Americans,” Pedro announced to the small group gathered for the Wednesday evening Bible study. “I love your music, your language, your people.”
Future students in the “College Writing for Transitions” class at Eastern Mennonite University may recognize a familiar name and face when they thumb through the required handbook. Among the nearly two dozen exemplary student texts featured in forthcoming sixth edition (2015) of The Everyday Writer will be Martha Bell’s essay “The Mystery of Chronic Lyme Disease.” Her essay wil ...More
Sorayya Khan – a Pakistani-Dutch-American writer who combines cross-cultural sensibilities with lyrical, haunting prose on war and its impact on humanity – is the last Writers Read guest of the year on Thursday, Mar. 13, at 6:30 p.m. in Common Grounds at EMU.
Khan is the author of two novels, Noor (2003) and Five Queen’s Road (2009), both with story lines that hig ...More
Jim Minick, author of the award-winning The Blueberry Years, A Memoir of Farm and Family, will be at EMU on Monday, Feb. 10, for two events, culminating in the first Writers Read Author of the semester at 6:30 p.m., in EMU’s Common Grounds Coffeehouse in University Commons.
Earlier tha ...More
Jessica Penner, a 2001 Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) alumna, will be the next featured “Writers Read Author,” on Thursday, Nov. 14, at 6:30 p.m., in EMU’s Common Grounds Coffeehouse in University Commons.
Penner released her debut novel-in-stories, Shaken in the Water (Fox ...More
Shirley Showalter is named for the iconic curly-haired child star, but, as a youngster, she wasn’t allowed to watch Ms. Temple’s performances.
“I think it might have been on Youtube that I first saw `On the Good Ship Lollipop,’ ” Showalter admitted from the comfort of her Harrisonburg home last week, letting out an infectious chuckle.
With an easy smi ...More