Chestnut Hill College to Host Writer's Forum

Release Date: Wednesday, September 12, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA - Chestnut Hill College will host a Writer’s Forum on Wednesday, October 17, 2012 from 4:30-6 p.m. in the Redmond Room, St. Joseph Hall. The event, sponsored by the Department of English and Communications, will allow students and budding writers the opportunity to learn about different types of creative writing through a question and answer session with four local authors. 


The participating authors, who have all published novels, short stories, and poems will read short excerpts of their work .


About the Authors

Susan Magee is an assistant professor of communications at Chestnut Hill College and received an MFA in creative writing and literature from Bennington College. She has written and co-written several books, including “The Pregnancy Countdown Book,” now in its second edition, which has sold more than 50,000 copies and has been translated into five foreign language editions. Susan’s short fiction has appeared in literary journals, including: The North American Review, The Florida Review and Salamander. Her story “When Leo Went Missing” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She has won a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts grant for fiction writing and two Leeway Grants for fiction writing excellence. Susan will be reading her new unpublished short story, “Saving Kate.”


John Ebersole was born and raised in Florida. He received his M.F.A in poetry from Columbia University and has been teaching English at Chestnut Hill since 2007. He is the author of the book “Camaraderie,” a collaboration with sound artist Justin Hardison, and his poems and reviews have appeared in Western Humanities Review, Octopus Magazine, Bateau, and other publications. John will be reading new unpublished poems from his repertoire of work.


Justin Kramon is the author of the novels “Finny” (Random House, 2010) and forthcoming novel “The Preservationist” (2013, Pegasus Crime). A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, he has published stories in Glimmer Train, Story Quarterly, Boulevard, Fence, TriQuarterly, Alaska Quarterly Review, and others. He has received honors from the Michener-Copernicus Society of America, Best American Short Stories, the Hawthornden International Writers' Fellowship, and the Bogliasco Foundation. He has taught undergraduate and graduate fiction writing courses at the Gotham Writers' Workshop, Haverford College, the University of Iowa, Arcadia University, and other organizations. Justin will read an excerpt from his novel, “Finny.”


Nick Gregorio received his undergraduate degree in English literature and a master’s degree in education from Chestnut Hill College. As a writer, he has been published twice in the Grackle, Chestnut Hill College’s literary magazine and the now-defunct journal, Fracture. He is currently working on several writing projects including a novel, graphic novel, and web-comic series. He is the primary lyricist for the local long-running punk rock band, Scatterbrain. He lives, works, and writes in the Philadelphia area. Nick will be reading one of his pieces titled “Bombs.”


The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Karen Getzen, Ph.D., assistant professor & coordinator of creative writing minor at 215.753.3654 or