Reading Oct. 1 at Gettysburg College

GETTYSBURG, Pa. - Dustin Beall Smith will read from his work Oct. 1 at Gettysburg College.

The 8 p.m. reading will take place in Pennsylvania Hall's third-floor Lyceum. Smith's work has appeared in the Alaska Quarterly Review, Atlanta Journal/Constitution, BackStage, Gettysburg Review, Hotel Amerika, Louisville Review, New York Times Magazine and others. This event is free and open to the public.

Smith's honors include the Katharine Bakeless Nason Prize in Nonfiction, for his recently-published book, "Key Grip: A Memoir of Endless Consequences;" fellowships in 1995 and 1996 at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts; and first-place Labor Press Council Awards from 1982 to 1984. In the late fifties/early sixties, Smith helped pioneer sport parachuting in the United States. He later worked as an advance man for Robert Kennedy's senatorial campaign and for the Norman Mailer-Jimmy Breslin presidential campaign. He worked as a key grip in the film industry for 27 years, leaving movie-making to pursue an MFA in creative writing at Columbia University. He currently teaches writing at Gettysburg College, where he is also the coordinator of the Peer Learning Center.

Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with approximately 2,600 students. It is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania. The college was founded in 1832.

Posted: Fri, 26 Sep 2008

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