Alumna and Poet Jen Town to Read at Penn State Behrend
ERIE, Pa. – What does it mean to live and age well?
That’s one of the key themes explored in “The Light of What Comes After,” the first poetry collection from Jen Town, an Erie native
Released in April, the collection has received high praise, winning the 2017 May Sarton New Hampshire Prize for Poetry.
“In Jen Town’s ‘The Light of What Comes After,’ the magical world promised to children becomes stories that can leave destitute the inner lives of those children become adults,” said George Looney, distinguished professor of English and creative writing. “These distinctly adult poems lovingly unsettle the settled world, and give us, anew, what ‘was called myth,’ having imbued it with a disturbing and evocative relevance.”
Towns’ poetry has appeared in Mid-American Review, Cimarron Review, Epoch, Third Coast, Iron Horse Literary Review, Lake Effect, The Literary Review, Crab Orchard Review and other publications.
The Creative Writers Reading Series is produced by Penn State Behrend’s B.F.A. in Creative Writing degree program with support from the Clarence A. and Eugenie Baumann Smith Fund. For additional information, call 814-898-6108 or visit behrend.psu.edu/readings.