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Peter Pietrangelo of Sault Ste. Marie presented a research paper at the 2010 John Burroughs Nature Writing Conference and Seminar held during the summer at the State University of New York in Oneonta. The conference, "Old Lessons for a New Millennium: Nature Writing and Environmentalism in the 21st Century," focused on the work of writers who contributed to the early conservation movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and the work of contemporary writers who are exerting an influence on the development of early 21st century environmentalism. Read more

Peter Pietrangelo ('10)
Liberal Studies, concentrations in both English and professional communication

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English club members with Neil O'Boyle Connelly after the reading.

O'Boyle Connelly signs a book after the reading.

Visiting Writer Series

Neil O'Boyle Connelly

Neil O'Boyle Connelly visited in October 2013 to give a fiction reading and master class. Connelly is the author of two highly-acclaimed young adult novels which examine the power of faith and the human desire for a savior: Saint Michael's Scales, which was a finalist for the 2002 Borders Original Voices series, and The Miracle Stealer, which received a stared review from Booklist. He is also the author of the literary novels Buddy Cooper Finds a Way, which Entertainment Weekly called “both comic and chilling,” and The Midlife Crisis of Commander Invincible, which will be published by LSU Press in fall 2013. Connelly earned his MFA degree in creative writing at McNeese State University where he studied under Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Olen Butler.  Connelly’s short story "The Adventures of Ultimate Man" was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. In 2006, Oxford American included him in a list of prominent novelists of the Southern United States. Having since returned to his Pennsylvania roots, Connelly is now an Assistant Professor of English at Shippensburg University.

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Jessica Hirt

"One of my favorite things about LSSU is its size. The classrooms, especially as you get to the upper levels, get smaller, so you not only have a chance to discuss your ideas in an honest, supportive manner, but you also get to know your professors and classmates. The upper level courses really allow you to focus on what you love, and the small class size allows you to have time to share and to discuss your ideas." [ more ]

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