Author Nancy McCabe to Hold Reading

Natalie Bombatch

posted October 15, 2015

Nancy McCabe, author and Director of the Writing Program and Associate Professor of Writing at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, will hold a reading at 7 p.m., Thursday, October 22 in room 131 Blackington Hall on the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown campus. She will read from her most recent book, From Little Houses to Little Women: Revisiting a Literary Childhood.

McCabe holds a PhD in English from the University of Nebraska, an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Arkansas, and a BA in English from Wichita State University. Her specialties include creative writing, 20th century women's literature, and 20th century American literature. She currently teaches courses in fiction, poetry, feature and memoir writing.

McCabe has published four books of creative nonfiction: a collection of essays, After the Flashlight Man: A Memoir of Awakening and three full-length memoirs, Meeting Sophie: A Memoir of Adoption, Crossing the Blue Willow Bridge: A Journey to my Daughter's Birthplace in China, and her most recent work, From Little Houses to Little Women: Revisiting a Literary Childhood.

Her essays have won a Pushcart prize and made the Best American Essays Notable List five times. Her work has also made the Notable List for Best American Nonrequired Reading. Her essays have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Fourth Genre, Newsweek, Gulf Coast, Crazyhorse, Crab Orchard Review, Colorado Review, Massachusetts Review, Bellingham Review, Louisville Review, and others. McCabe has also received an Individual Artists Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and two awards from Prairie Schooner. In addition to creative nonfiction, she has published reviews, fiction, poetry, journalism, and academic essays.

McCabe is the second reader in the 2015 Fall Reading Series sponsored by the Pitt-Johnstown Humanities Division. Elizabeth Savage, poet and professor of English at Fairmont State University, will complete the series on November 12 with readings from her recently published book, Idylliad.

The series is free and open to the public. For additional information on the reading series, contact Dr. Michael W. Cox, Pitt-Johnstown, at 814-269-7159 or


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