Lock Haven University professor of English, Dr. Laurie Jean Cannady, will be the guest speaker at the 19th annual luncheon for Dress for Success, Lackawanna. The event, titled “Opportunity Awaits,” will be held from 11:45 a.m. on Wednesday, March 21 at the Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel, 700 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton.
WHAT: Dress for Success event
WHEN: 11:45 a.m. Wednesday, March 21
WHERE: Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel
WHO: Dress for Success Lackawanna, 570-941-0339
The Root online magazine listed Cannady’s memoir, “Crave: Sojourn of a Hungry Soul,” as one of the best nonfiction books by black authors in 2015. Kirkus Reviews described “Crave” as a “bold, honest, and courageous memoir.” Foreword Reviews listed “Crave” as an Indiefab Book of the Year 2015 finalist in the autobiography/memoir category. “Crave” also was named a finalist for the Library of Virginia People’s Choice Award for Nonfiction.
Cannady, who also is a member of the creative writing faculty in the Wilkes University MA/MFA low-residency creative writing program, has published personal essays on poverty, domestic violence, and military sexual trauma in publications such as The Rumpus, Good Housekeeping, and Ink and Letters. She also has presented talks, lectures, and workshops at organizations including the KGB Literary Bar, Girls Write Now, the Women’s Initiative, and West Point Military Academy.
Cannady holds a doctorate degree in literature and criticism from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in creative writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her memoir-in-progress, “Wars We’ve Lost, Wars We’ve Won,” is represented by The Tomasino Agency Inc.
The event also will feature raffle prizes, lunch and dessert. The cost to attend is $40 per person. To register, visit lackawanna.dressforsuccess.org. For more information, call 570-941-0339.
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