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Widener-Sponsored Reading Series Kicks off Fifth Season Sept. 20

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The State Street Reading Series is an opportunity to hear local writers read their work in a friendly art gallery setting.

Widener University and the Media Arts Council will kick off the fifth season of their co-sponsored State Street Reading Series on Thursday, Sept. 20 from 7 to 9 p.m.

The first distinguished local writers are Nathan Alling Long, a fiction writer and professor at Stockton University who wrote the flash fiction book The Origin of Doubt, and Nimisha Ladva, a performance artist and professor at Haverford College who wrote the play Uninvited Girl: An Immigrant Story.

The State Street Reading Series is held every other month at the Media Arts Council Gallery at 609 W. State Street in Media, Pennsylvania (behind Sterling Pig Brewery). The series is an opportunity to hear local writers read their work in a friendly art gallery setting, as well as socialize and network. The reading is free to attend, and reservations are not required. Free snacks will be served.

The full schedule is as follows:

Sept. 20: Nathan Alling Long (fiction writer, professor at Stockton University, author of the flash fiction book The Origin of Doubt) and Nimisha Ladva (performance artist, professor at Haverford College, author of the play Uninvited Girl: An Immigrant Story)

Nov. 8: Michelle Messina Reale (poet, professor at Arcadia University, author of Confini: Poems of Refugees in Sicily) and Elise Juska (novelist, professor at University of the Arts, author of the novel If We Had Known)

Jan. 24: Undergraduate Night: For the third year, outstanding student writers from local universities, including Widener, will showcase their original work.

March 21: Herman Beavers (poet, professor at the University of Pennsylvania, author of the chapbook The Vernell Poems) and Thomas Devaney (poet, professor at Haverford College, author of Cold Fingers Light the Way)

For more information about the State Street Reading Series, call 484-550-5959 or visit their facebook page @statestreetreadingseries.

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 seven schools and colleges that offer liberal arts and sciences, professional and pre-professional curricula leading to associate, baccalaureate, master's and doctoral degrees. Visit the university website, http://www.widener.edu/