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Award-winning Author to Give Reading January 28


January14, 2010
Press Release #10-006

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Author Debra Marquart, English professor at Iowa State University, will read from her works as part of the St. Mary's College of Maryland VOICES Reading Series at 8:15 p.m. Thursday, January 28, 2010, at the Daugherty-Palmer Commons. Marquart, who received the 2007 PEN USA Creative Nonfiction Award, is currently working on a novel set in Greece. The event is free and open to the public.

Marquart has written two poetry collections, Everything's a Verb and From Sweetness; a short story collection which draws on her experiences as a road musician, The Hunger Bone: Rock & Roll Stories; and a memoir, The Horizontal World: Growing Up Wild in the Middle of Nowhere, which received the PEN USA award. PEN Center USA's annual awards program, established in 1982, recognizes literary excellence. Past award winners include Barbara Kingsolver, Maxine Hong Kingston, T.C. Boyle and Paul Thomas Anderson.

Marquart's work has also received a Pushcart Prize, the Shelby Foote Nonfiction Prize from the Faulkner Society, the Elle Lettres Award from Elle magazine, and a National Endowment for the Arts Prose Fellowship. She also is a member of The Bone People, a jazz-poetry, rhythm & blue project, with whom she has released two CDs: Orange Parade and A Regular Dervish

St. Mary's College of Maryland, designated the Maryland state honors college in 1992, is ranked one of the best liberal arts schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger's, and The Princeton Review. Founded in 1840 as Maryland's "monument school" commemorating the state's first capital, SMCM is the state's only public honors college.

More than 2,000 students attend the college, which has the highest graduation rate for all Maryland public colleges and universities, and an SAT average for student admissions of 1848. The school's waterfront campus along the St. Mary's River in Southern Maryland is home to the 2009 National Intercollegiate Sailing Association Co-ed champions.