Pushcart Prize nominee author Elizabeth Arnold visits Arcadia University on Friday, Oct. 25, as part of the University’s free Writers Return to Campus Series. Arnold will speak on what it means to grow up, leave home, and discover one’s self, themes she has explored in her essays. The event is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the Grey Towers Castle.
Arnold’s essay “Crossing the Divide” tells the story of a girl coming of age against an enigmatic western landscape. The essay, which earned a Pushcart Prize nomination, was named a Notable Essay in the 2012 edition of Best American Essays, edited by Cheryl Strayed and Robert Atwan.
Arnold’s essays, which span the backdrop of a guest ranch in Northwest Wyoming to a farm in central Pennsylvania, also have appeared in The Whitefish Review, The Gettysburg Review, and Permanent Vacation: Twenty Writers on Work and Life in the National Parks.
Arnold teaches English at Lock Haven University. She earned a master’s degree in English at Arcadia and a master of fine arts degree in creative writing at the Rainer Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University.
Arcadia’s Writers Return to Campus Series, which is part of the Visiting Writers program, brings back to campus Arcadia alumni who have enjoyed a notable literary success. The Series celebrates poets, novelists, short-story writers, memoirists, and playwrights ranging from the well-established to the up-and-coming. Past guests include Seamus Heaney, Richard Wilbur, Marilynn Robinson, Tobias Wolff, Richard Russo, and Jean Valentine, among others. At each event, the writer gives a reading, which is followed by a question-and-answer session with the audience. Books or CDs by the writer are available for purchase.