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James Charlesworth and Leah Huizar to kick off the 2021-2022 Mary E. Rolling Reading Series

James Charlesworth’s first novel, The Patricide of George Benjamin Hill, was published in 2019. He is a frequent contributor of music-related essays for, and his short fiction has appeared in Natural Bridge and was a finalist in Glimmer Train’s Short Story Award for New Writers. James is a member of the Advisory Board of the Writers Association of Northern Appalachia and a recipient of a Martin Dibner Fellowship. Originally from Pennsylvania, James attended Penn State University and received an MFA from Emerson College in Boston, where he currently lives. Get in touch on twitter (@JamCharlesworth) or at

Leah Huizar is a writer and poet with an MFA from Penn State University. Originally from Southern California, her writing draws on the cultural and historic landscapes of the West Coast and the ways in which colonization, faith, and gendered injustices have shaped it. Her work has been published in Nimrod International Journal, Crab Orchard Review, Acentos Review and elsewhere. Her debut collection of poems, Inland Empire, was published by Noemi Press. She is an Assistant Professor of English at Drake University where she teaches creative writing-poetry with additional focus on Latinx poetics and literature. She can be found online at

This in-person event on 9/9/21 will also be offered as a livestream webinar. Registration for the livestream is required and can be accessed at this Zoom link:

Thursday, September 9, 2021 at 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Foster Auditorium 102 Paterno Library

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