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LHU professor collaborates with local artist on poetry-photography projects

Marjorie Maddox, Lock Haven University professor, and Karen Elias, local artist.

Lock Haven University professor, Marjorie Maddox (Hafer), and local artist, Karen Elias, recently collaborated on several poetry/photography projects. Elias created the composite photograph, “Snow Heart,” in response to Maddox’s poem, “Treacherous Driving,” which were both on display during the Visual Words and Speaking Art exhibit at The Station Gallery in Lock Haven from November 9-23, 2018. The international online literary journal, The Ekphrastic Review, recently published the poem/photo collaboration in January, which can be viewed at:

The poem appears in Maddox’s re-released collection “Transplant, Transport, Transubstantiation,” which chronicles her father’s unsuccessful heart transplant during the blizzard of ’93. The book won the Yellowglen prize and was one of three finalists for the Brittingham and Felix Pollak book awards. Maddox has published 11 collections of poetry, a short story collection and several children’s books.

Elias’ photo “The Heart Speaks, Is Spoken For,” is scheduled to appear alongside Maddox’s poem “Transplanted” in the medical humanities journal, Ars Medica. In addition, Elias’ photo “Asphalt Heart,” also is scheduled to appear alongside Maddox’s poem “Apocalypse: The Long and Winding Road,” in The Other Journal.

Maddox and Elias plan ongoing collaborations at LHU later this semester for the TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) Scholars Program, as well as for the LHU and local communities. Additional collaborative work by the two also will be on display from March 22 through April 13 at The Station Gallery. An opening reception will be held from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, March 22 at the gallery.

For more information about Maddox’s work, visit

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Snow HeartComposite photograph by Karen Elias.

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