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LHU’s Pennsylvania Authors Reading Series to host 2 authors for reading, signing

Lock Haven University’s Pennsylvania Authors Reading Series will host acclaimed authors Catherine Zobal Dent and Silas Dent Zobal at 7 p.m Thursday, March 22 in the Multipurpose Room of the Parsons Union Building on the campus of Lock Haven University.

The authors, who are married and teach at the Writers Institute at Susquehanna University, will read from their fiction and creative nonfiction. The reading will be free and open to the public and include a book signing.

WHAT: LHU’s Pennsylvania Authors Reading Series

WHEN: 7 p.m. Thursday, March 22

WHERE: Parsons Union Building, Multipurpose Room, campus of Lock Haven University

WHO: Marjorie Maddox Hafer, 570-484-2044, or Dana Washington, 570-484-2175, 

While at LHU, Dent and Zobal also will visit various classes and serve as the keynote speakers for the student English Association of Pennsylvania State Universities (EAPSU) conference on Friday, March 23, where they will discuss, among other topics, “living a life of the arts” while balancing writing, teaching, and raising a family. The conference theme is “The Body Electric.”

Catherine Zobal Dent is a fiction writer, translator, and educator. Her debut collection, “Unfinished Stories of Girls,” was published in 2014 with Fomite Press, and she won a 2015 French Voices Award for her work in literary translation. She serves on the Faculty Advisory Board of FUSE National, and she directs the Common Reading Program as well as the Summer Writers Workshop at Susquehanna University, sharing the position of associate professor in the Department of English and Creative Writing with her spouse, writer Silas Dent Zobal. For more information, visit

Zobal is the award-winning author of a story collection, “The Inconvenience of the Wings,” and a novel, “The People of the Broken Neck.” His stories and essays appear in Glimmer Train, LitHub, The Missouri Review, North American Review, Shenandoah, and many others. He lives in Freeburg, with Catherine, his two children, two dogs, two cats, three chickens, and — sometimes — thousands of bees. For more information, visit

All author events are made possible by LHU’s English department and the College of Liberal Arts and Education. For more information on the reading, contact professor Marjorie Maddox Hafer at or professor Dana Washington at

For more information on Lock Haven University, visit, email or call 570-484-2011.

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