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The Department of English and Foreign Languages at Waynesburg University will hold a Creative Writing Workshop for high school students in grades seven through twelve Friday, Nov. 7, at 9:30 a.m.

The event will feature Patricia Kirk, professor and essayist from John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Ark. Kirk will also offer a reading and book signing at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7, on the second floor of Eberly Library. The public is invited to attend.

The goal of the Creative Writing Workshop is to give high school students the opportunity to engage their imaginations and strengthen their writing skills through writing exercises provided by workshop facilitators.

Activities will include two workshops facilitated by the faculty of the Department of English and Foreign Languages. During the student workshops, teachers can attend a workshop facilitated by Kirk.

Kirk is the author of two spiritual memoirs, “Confessions of an Amateur Believer” and “A Field Guide to God; A Seeker’s Manual;” a food memoir, “Starting from Scratch: A Wandering Cook in Search of Home;” a self-help book, “Easy Burdens: Doing the Stress-Free, Guilt-Free Work of God;” and a collection of essays, “The Gospel of Christmas: Reflections for Advent.” Her essays and other writings have been published in such journals as Quarterly West, Guideposts and The International Journal of Children’s Spirituality.

For more information, contact Amy Randolph at 724-852-3430.

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Ashley Wise, Senior Writer/Editor
724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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Dr. Amy Randolph, associate professor of English at Waynesburg University, was recently named the 2013 winner of the Astounding Beauty Ruffian (ABR) Press poetry chapbook competition, resulting in the publication of her chapbook. In addition to publication, the award also included a $10,000 cash prize. Selected from more than 450 entries, Randolph’s chapbook, “A Particular Sorrow, a Tree,” is a long poem presented in segments.

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The Department of English and Foreign Languages at Waynesburg University held a Creative Writing Workshop for high school students in grades seven through twelve Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013. The event featured Robert Cording, English and creative writing professor at the College of Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass.

In 2013, two distinguished publications, The Hollins Critic and Consequence Magazine, accepted the literary works of Waynesburg University writer-in-residence Dr. Robert Randolph. Randolph’s poem “All are Lamps” was published in The Hollins Critic, one of America’s leading literary journals. Consequence Magazine will publish Randolph’s “When You Can’t Help the Children Dying from War” in its next issue. 

Dr. Cory Goehring was named Assistant Professor of English at Waynesburg University in August of 2013. He received his B.S. from Washington and Jefferson College; an M.A. from the University of Massachusetts; and a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_bob-randolph.jpgThe Department of English at Waynesburg University will host “Pass the Biscuits” at the First Presbyterian Church of Waynesburg Wednesday, Feb. 26, from 7:30 to 9 p.m., to raise money for the Corner Cupboard Food Bank in Waynesburg. 

"Pass the Biscuits" is a response by Dr. Bob Randolph, writer in residence at Waynesburg University, and the Department of English at Waynesburg University to the Day of Service planned in honor of Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee and his upcoming inauguration.

The event, held a few days before the Day of Service, will showcase the strengths of the Department of English as faculty members will read poetry and essays.  Rev. Carolyn Poteet, director of faith and mission at Waynesburg University, will pray at the event and students will perform music.

Attendance is encouraged for students, faculty, staff and members of the Waynesburg community. Admission is free and a collection will be taken to support the Corner Cupboard’s work.  The Waynesburg Giant Eagle will match the amount raised at the benefit up to $500.

"It is wonderful to me that people are willing to share their strengths, in this case writing, music and prayer, to come together and help others who need it,” Randolph said. “That's a joyful thing; it has been, and still remains, the spirit of Waynesburg University.  It should be a great night."

The First Presbyterian Church of Waynesburg is located in walking distance of campus at 169 W. College St., Waynesburg, Pa.

For more information, contact Dr. Bob Randolph at rrandolp@waynesburg.edu, or by phone at 724-852-3473.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_randolph_amy_cover-2_1-1-2_20140130-200504_1.jpgDr. Amy Randolph, associate professor of English at Waynesburg University, was recently named the 2013 winner of the Astounding Beauty Ruffian (ABR) Press poetry chapbook competition, resulting in the publication of her chapbook. In addition to publication, the award also included a $10,000 cash prize.

Selected from more than 450 entries, Randolph’s chapbook, “A Particular Sorrow, a Tree,” is a long poem presented in segments. Many of the segments in her poem deal with experiences such as loss, self-doubt and spiritual doubt, while other segments are firmly rooted in images of hope and spiritual endurance.

“The ineffable, ethereal quality these poems contain gives them so much mystery that I can't even describe it,” said Sherry Beasely, owner of ABR Press. “I read the poems so much in an effort to see if there was some concrete thing, and, not really finding one, liked the manuscript all the more for it. These poems are deep and pure and they seem to truly come from Amy’s soul. We received a lot of good work, but Amy’s manuscript trumped all the rest.”

Kristine Schiffbauer, instructor of visual communication at Waynesburg University, designed the chapbook cover using a photograph taken by Dr. Robert Randolph, writer-in-residence at the University and Randolph’s husband, while the Randolphs lived in Texas.

"I feel blessed and honored that my manuscript was chosen,” said Randolph. “As a poet, I consider this a strong affirmation not only of my own writing but of the value of all poetry in a culture (our culture, specifically) in which the genre often seems not to play a significant role in people’s lives. This is why I'm so grateful for Astounding Beauty Ruffian Press and the work they do – clearly not for profit, but out of a genuine love of poetry and a commitment to producing beautiful books."

Randolph holds a Ph.D. from Binghampton University as well as a Master of Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Arts degree, both from Texas State University.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_McEntyre.jpgWaynesburg University’s b.f. maiz Lecture will be held Wednesday, Jan. 22, at 7 p.m. in Alumni Hall and will feature Marilyn Chandler McEntyre. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Marilyn Chandler McEntyre is a poet and strong advocate of the well-being of language. She has a profound interest in the relationship between words and painting and is a spokesperson for the idea of medicine and poetry.

McEntyre teaches at the University of California Berkeley and the University of California at San Francisco Joint Medical Program. She has won numerous teaching awards, including an Outstanding Teaching Award from Princeton University, a Phi Beta Kappa of Northern California Outstanding Teaching Award and a Whiting Fellowship.

She has published numerous chapters in books and is contributing editor of Literature and Medicine from Johns Hopkins University. She holds a doctorate in comparative literature from Princeton University, a Master of Arts degree in English from the University of California, Davis, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in French from Pamona College.

The b. f. maiz Center, named after the late poet b. f. maiz, exists to continue and to amplify his lifelong concerns with poetry, peace and poetic justice. This speaker is invited to campus as part of the b.f. maiz Center’s activities.

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