News Story

January 19, 2017

Renowned Poet to Lead Noncredit Course at La Roche College

PITTSBURGH, Jan. 19, 2017 – From March 15 to May 3, La Roche College’s Poet-in-Residence Sam Hazo will conduct a noncredit course exploring the spoken act of poetry.

Mr. Hazo will lead discussions of his own poetry and poetry from around the world as part of “The Spoken Page,” an eight-week course examining the importance of reading poems aloud. The class will meet Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. in Room 316 of the Academic Building at La Roche’s campus in McCandless Township.

Janine Bayer, chair of the La Roche English Department, said, “The La Roche community cherishes our deeply-rooted relationships with Sam Hazo: some of us were his students, others his colleagues and friends, and a great many of us were dedicated patrons of the International Poetry Forum. His position as Poet-in-Residence for 2017 truly thrills us because it offers all members of our community an extraordinary opportunity to engage with the beauty and art of poetry as a spoken act.”

Considered one of the most enduring poets of our time, Mr. Hazo is the author of poetry, fiction, essays, various works of translation and four plays. The founder and director of the International Poetry Forum and McAnulty Distinguished Professor of English Emeritus of Duquesne University, he served as Pennsylvania’s first state poet from 1993 to 2003.

“The Spoken Page” is open to community members, in addition to La Roche students, faculty, staff and alumni. The cost of the course is $50 per person. Preregistration is required. For more information or to register, please email janine.bayer@laroche.edu or call 412-536-1785. Limited seats are available.

About La Roche College: A private liberal arts college in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, La Roche College offers more than 50 undergraduate majors, six graduate degree programs and one doctoral program, with particular strengths in education, business, criminal justice, psychology, and health and medical sciences as well as interior design and graphic design. This residential college provides a vibrant campus community for more than 1,500 men and women enjoying 30-plus student organizations and an exciting NCAA Div. III athletics program. Founded by the Sisters of Divine Providence in 1963, La Roche College embraces its Catholic heritage while welcoming people of all faiths and backgrounds. With a legacy of social justice and a commitment to international exchange, La Roche College educates students to be lifelong learners and achievers in an increasingly diverse and global society.

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