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Widener-Sponsored Reading Series Kicks Off Third Season Sept. 15

Widener University and the Media Arts Council will kick off the third season of their co-sponsored State Street Reading Series Thursday, Sept. 15 from 7 to 9 p.m. The first featured authors who will share work are poet Cynthia Dewi Oka and poet and travel writer Eleanor Stanford.

The State Street Reading Series is held every other month at the Media Arts Center Gallery at 609 W. State St. in Media, Pa. Although the event runs for two hours, each writer only reads for about 20 minutes; the rest of the time is set aside for socializing, networking, and book signing. The reading is free to attend, and reservations are not required. The event is BYOB.

The series aims to feature local authors, and new this year, undergraduates from Cabrini College, Swarthmore College, Villanova University and Widener University will have the opportunity to showcase their work when student writers take over the Jan. 19 series.

The full schedule is as follows:

Sept. 15: Cynthia Dewi Oka and Eleanor Stanford

Nov. 17: Josh Isard and Rachel Pastan

Jan. 19: Undergraduate Night

March 16: Carla Spataro and Rahul Mehta

May 18: Sham-e-Ali Nayeem and Curtis Smith

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 comprises eight schools and colleges that offer liberal arts and sciences, professional and pre-professional curricula leading to associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees. The university’s campuses in Chester and Harrisburg, Pa., and Wilmington, Del., are proud to be tobacco-free. Visit the university website, www.widener.edu.