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Nationally-known Poet to visit Penn State York

3/20/2013 —

Celebrated and nationally-known poet Jeffrey McDaniel will read his work in the Lee R. Glatfelter Library at Penn State York on Tuesday, March 26.  The poetry reading is set for noon and is free and open to the public.

Born in Philadelphia, Pa., McDaniel is the author of four books of poetry, most recently “The Endarkenment,” published by University of Pittsburg Press.

He is the recipient of a creative writing fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and his writing has been published in numerous works including “Ploughshares,” “The Best American Poetry 1994,” The Best American Poetry 2010,” and “The New Young American Poets,” as well as on the National Endowment for the Arts website.

McDaniel earned a bachelor of arts from Sarah Lawrence College in 1990 and a master of fine arts from George Mason University in 1993.  In graduate school, he was the poetry editor for the school’s national literary magazine, “Phoebe,” 1991-92, and the editor, 1992-93.  He was also active in a student performance troupe, Poetry Theater, where grad students presented their poems in a theatrical context.  It was while in grad school that McDaniel first began publishing poems in magazines including “Ploughshares,” “Fine Madness,” Exquisite Corpse,” and “Willow Springs.”

In addition to his writing, McDaniel has taught poetry workshops and participated in numerous poetry slams.  He has not performed in a poetry slam since the late 1990s.

Since 2001, he has been teaching creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College and in 2010 he was one of five judges for the National Book award in poetry.

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