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Widener-Sponsored Reading Series Features Two Local Authors Nov. 19

Widener University and the Media Arts Council will feature two local authors in their co-sponsored State Street Reading Series on Thursday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. Alan Drew, a fiction writer and associate professor of English and creative writing at Villanova University, and Nathalie Anderson, a poet and professor of English at Swarthmore College, will share excerpts of their work with the community at the Media Arts Center Gallery at 609 W. State St. in Media, Pa.

Readings are held every other month at the Gallery. The event runs for two hours, but each writer only reads for about 20 minutes to allow ample time for conversation and networking. Books by the authors are available for purchase. The reading is free to attend, and reservations are not required.

Drew is the author of the novel “Gardens of Water,” which is set in a small town outside of Istanbul and examines the relationship between two families – one Kurdish and one American. Drew has traveled throughout Europe and Asia, as well as the Middle East, and his experiences have informed his writing. Anderson’s first collection of poetry, “Following Fred Astaire,” won the 1998 Washington Prize from The Word Works, and her subsequent collections have continued to earn her special recognitions and numerous awards.

For more information about the State Street Reading Series, call 484-550-5959.

Widener University is a private, metropolitan university that connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention, leadership development, and experiential learning are key components of the Widener experience. A comprehensive doctorate-granting university, Widener is comprised of eight schools and colleges that offer liberal arts and sciences, professional and pre-professional curricula leading to associate’s, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees. The university’s campuses in Chester, Exton, and Harrisburg, Pa., and Wilmington, Del. are proud to be a tobacco-free. Visit the university website, www.widener.edu.