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Bowers Writers House at Elizabethtown College hosts diverse, unique fall line-up

Interdisciplinary venue presents music and Amish experts, writers, musicians and award-winning poets

Mark Doty Mark Doty's book "Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems," won the National Book Award for Poetry, and his writings have appeared in Ploughshares, The Atlantic (formerly Atlantic Monthly) and The New Yorker. In mid-October the award-winning poet visits Elizabethtown College's Bowers Writers House to read from his own work as part of the Guest Poet Series and as part of the varied line-up of events planned for the College's interdisciplinary venue throughout the fall.

Doty's reading takes place at 8 p.m.  Tuesday, Oct. 18. As with all Bowers Writers House events, the reading is free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.

Unless otherwise noted, all events will be held in Bowers Writers House, located just off the Elizabethtown College campus at 840 College Hill Lane.

Phil Furia

Songs of Hollywood by Phil FuriaBowers Writers House welcomes writer and popular American music expert Phil Furia to the College campus at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14. A graduate of the prestigious MFA Iowa Writers Workshop, Furia presents a workshop about his experiences with the art of interviewing. He will play taped interviews -- some funny, some wrenching -- from research conducted during the creation of his book "Skylark: The Life and Times of Johnny Mercer."

At 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, Furia, together with Elizabethtown faculty member Justin Badgerow, continues his visit with "The Great American Songbook," a performance and discussion of the music of the Gershwins, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Johnny Mercer and other musicians of the '20s, '30s and '40s. The performance features Badgerow, an instructor in keyboard and theory, who also performs in solo and collaborative concerts around the country.

At 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, Furia will read from "The Songs of Hollywood," an examination of how songs were presented in films after the advent of the "talkies." In his talk, Furia will show clips from "The Jazz Singer," "42nd Street" and other films of roaring America.

Tom Mallan

At 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, Bowers Writers House hosts actor and director Tom Mallan in "On and Behind the Stage: Acting and Directing as Life Choices." The workshop explores the personal investment of actors and directors.

J. Allyn Rosser

J. Allyn RosserPoet J. Allyn Rosser takes the stage at 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26, to talk about her strategy for writing poems and her ups and downs in the publishing world, and at 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26, Rosser, who teaches in the creative writing program at Ohio University, will read from her own work as part of the Colleges' Guest Poet Series.


Donald Kraybill

Donald KraybillElizabethtown College's own Dr. Donald Kraybill, Distinguished College Professor and Senior Fellow in the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies, speaks on "Writing the Story of the Tragedy: The Amish at Nickel Mines." The Tuesday, Oct. 4, presentation, which examines his own personal insights into writing and publishing texts about the Amish, begins at 7 p.m.

Brazilian music and poetry

At 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, Elizabethtown College faculty members Sarah Daughtery and Justin Badgerow, along with Bowers Writers House Director Jesse Waters, present the musical and poetic performance "Sons de Brasil: The Music and Poetry of Brazil." Daughtrey, a mezzo-soprano; Badgerow, on keyboard; and writer Waters explore of Brazilian music and poetry.

Mark Doty

Wednesday, Oct. 19, Doty presents "Becoming Yourself: What It Costs Us, and How it Matters." The 11 a.m. presentation explores how it can be tough to define who we really are – as persons and as a people. The poet and essayist will define this struggle and guide us through a close look at public and personal identity. NOTE: Doty's presentation takes place in Leffler Chapel and Performance Center.

David Clewell        

David ClewellA workshop and craft talk by David Clewell brings October to a close, when the poet talks about modern American poetics and what makes a poem distinctly American at 4 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 27.

Clewell, who directs the Creative Writing program and coordinates the attendant Visiting Writer Series at Webster University will read from his own work at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, as part of the College's Guest Poet Series.

All events are held at Bowers Writers House, unless otherwise noted, and are free and open to the public. Seating is available on a first-come first-served basis. Contact: Jesse Waters at or 717-689-3945.

Bowers Writers House at Elizabethtown College, 840 College Hill Lane, was created with a generous gift by Kenneth L. '59 and Rosalie E. '58 Bowers to support a culture of creative curiosity and foster a new sense of excitement and enthusiasm for intellectual diversity. The Bowers Writers House is an interdisciplinary venue for presentation, performance, expression and study. The programs—from dramatic readings to interactive panels to musical performances—offer a dynamic variety of enjoyable and informative experiences. Visit for more information.

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