LHU professors to participate in festival

LOCK HAVEN – Two Lock Haven University English professors, Marjorie Maddox Hafer and Dana Washington, are slated to teach workshops at the sixth annual Stillwater Poetry and Music Festival slated for Friday through Sunday in Stillwater.

The sixth annual festival will be held from noon to 11 p.m. each day in the Stillwater Memorial Park, 63 McHenry St.

Hafer, professor of English and Creative Writing, will lead a poetry workshop from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday and will give a fiction reading at 4 p.m. that day. On Sunday, she will help commemorate the 15th anniversary of 9/11 by giving a poetry reading.

Washington, assistant professor of English and Creative Writing, will lead a workshop Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. for student editors and staffers of college literary magazines, covering the many possible routes to producing a quality literary magazine.

According to event organizers, “Sunday’s festival commemorates the tragedy of 9/11 on the 15th anniversary of the attack on the U.S. with all poets and musicians offering their take on those events. In addition, this family-friendly event will include food vendors, crafts, and a petting zoo care of a local animal rehab center.”

The free-admission event features award-winning poets from across Pennsylvania and beyond. Workshops for aspiring high school-aged poets and writers will be held Friday from noon to 2 p.m. led by Thad Rutkowski of City University of New York (advance registration required via Stillwater Poetry Festival Facebook page or email Stillwaterpoetry@yahoo.com).

College level workshops will be conducted Saturday (with advanced registration as above). Rebecca Warner of Susquehanna University also will teach a workshop. A third workshop from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10 is designed for adult writers of all skill levels and will be led by Patricia Jabbeh Wesley.

This year’s festival features more than 20 poets and musicians including Phil Brady (Youngstown State University), Ed Ochester (University of Pittsburgh), Phil Terman (Clarion University), Joe Weil (Binghamton University), Todd Davis and Patricia Jabbeh Wesley (Penn State Altoona), Thad Rutkowski (City University of New York), Gary Finke (Susquehanna University), Jim Daniels and Kristin Kovacic (Carnegie Mellon University), Melissa Tuckey (Ithaca College), Barbara DeCeseare (Mechanicsburg), William Granche (Ridgway) and various other writers.

Musicians include Burgess Mitchell and Breon; Doug and Hannah Bingham; Lumpy Gravvy and others.

Details can be found at Stillwater Poetry Festival Facebook page and by emailing questions to Stillwaterpoetry@yahoo.com

For more information on Lock Haven University, visit www.LHUP.edu, email admissions@LHUP.edu, or call 570-484-2011.