Two well-established American wordsmiths will give Edge Hill students the benefit of their years of experience as published writers this week.

Dr Chris Haven and Professor Patricia Clark, both from the Grand Valley State University in Michigan, will be visiting the University as part of a UK-wide tour to deliver workshops and readings to students in the English department. The visit is part of a faculty exchange between Edge Hill and Grand Valley State University.

Dr Chris Haven’s stories have appeared in magazines, including Confrontation, Massachusetts Review and Threepenny Review. He holds a Masters degree from the University of Kansas, an MFA from Southwest Texas State University together with a doctorate from the University of Houston. Former fiction editor of Gulf Coast, he is an assistant professor of writing at Grand Valley and editor of the Grand Valley Review.

Professor Patricia Clark holds the title of poet-in-residence at Grand Valley State University. Her poetry has appeared in magazines such as The Atlantic Monthly, Poetry, Slate, New England Review, North American Review, Pennsylvania Review, Black Warrior Review, and Seattle Review. Prof Clark was the recipient of a Creative Artist Grant from ArtServe Michigan for 2003 and her book of poems North of Wondering won the first book competition sponsored by Women in Literature, Inc.

Professor Clark co-edited an anthology of contemporary women writers called Worlds in Our Words, published by Blair Press Prentice Hall. In 1997 her poem The Only Body won Mississippi Review’s Poetry Prize. She has been a scholar at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and a resident at The MacDowell Colony, at Ragdale, and at the Virginia Centre for the Creative Arts.

Daniele Pantano, Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Edge Hill University said:  “This faculty exchange offers our creative writing students a unique opportunity to work, write and share ideas with two tremendously gifted writers from the United States.

A group of lecturers from the English department here at Edge Hill will be travelling to Michigan next year as part of the exchange, delivering lectures and performing readings for the American students.”

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