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Wilson Writers Series to Feature Poetry Reading by Former President Gwendolyn Jensen

Posted: March 9, 2011

3/9/2011 Former Wilson College President Gwendolyn Jensen will read from her new poetry collection at noon on Friday, April 1, in Sarah’s Coffeehouse on the Wilson campus.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: March 8, 2011
CONTACT: Michael Cornelius, Chair, Department of English and Mass Communications
Phone: 717-264-4141, Ext. 3308
Email: michael.cornelius@wilson.edu

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. – Former Wilson College President Gwendolyn Jensen will read from her new poetry collection at noon on Friday, April 1, in Sarah’s Coffeehouse on the Wilson campus.

Jensen, who preceded Dr. Lorna D. Edmundson as Wilson president, will read from Birthright, her first book of poems, as part of Wilson’s annual Writers Series. The reading is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided and is free for all who attend.

Jensen began writing poems when she retired in 2001 from the Wilson presidency. Her work has appeared in the Beloit Poetry Journal, Chautauqua, The Comstock Review, Harvard Divinity Bulletin, Measure, The Malahat Review, and Salamander, where she is a member of the board. She is also a board member of Off the Grid Press. She and her husband, Gordon, live in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Each semester as part of its Writers Series, the Wilson College Department of English and Mass Communications sponsors poets, prose writers and creative nonfictions authors to visit campus and present readings of their latest work.

The reading is also sponsored by Wilson’s Women’s Studies Program and Orchesis, with assistance from the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty.

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Wilson is an independent college with a proud history of educating women since 1869 through rigorous study of the liberal arts and sciences. Today, Wilson’s mission also includes women and men enrolled in adult degree and graduate programs. Guided by its Honor Principle and distinguished by a commitment to transformative student growth, Wilson College prepares all of its graduates for fulfilling lives and professions, ethical leadership and humane stewardship of our communities and our world.

Wilson, which is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church and located in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 fields, teacher certification for college graduates and a master’s degree in education. This year, Wilson enrolled nearly 800 students from 21 states and 13 foreign countries.

Last Updated: June 30, 2011