Poet Elizabeth Savage to Hold Reading

Natalie Bombatch

posted November 05, 2015

Elizabeth Savage, poet and professor of English at Fairmont State University, will hold a reading at 7 p.m., Thursday, November 12, in room 131 Blackington Hall on the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown campus. She will read from her most recent book, Idylliad.

Savage holds a PhD Duquesne University, an MA from Boston College, and a BA from James Madison University. At Fairmont State University, she teaches a variety of writing and literature courses and also serves as poetry editor for Kestrel: A Journal of Literature and Art. Her scholarship focuses on women's writing that tampers with traditional genres, especially poetry.

Although her teaching always comes first, Savage has managed a long list of publications. She is a published poet and journal contributor, with considerable research and speaking engagement activity. She has previously published a chapbook and a book. Additionally, Verse literary journal, known for publishing experimental poetry, has featured a 26-poem dossier she wrote.

In 2000, the Virginia Commission for the Arts awarded Savage an Individual Artist's Fellowship for her series of poems, Jamestown Koan. That same year, she co-directed her first film, Fishing Blues (and Pinks), which considers the significance of Melville's Moby-Dick to women of the 21st century.

Savage is the final reader in the 2015 Fall Reading Series sponsored by the Pitt-Johnstown Humanities Division. 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 mwcox@pitt.edu.


Founded in 1927, Pitt-Johnstown is located in the Laurel Highlands of Western Pennsylvania and is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh. The University is the regional leader, educating for the RealWorld. The distinctive combination of our people, programs, and place results in exceptional performance in preparing students for career and professional success. Pitt-Johnstown is recognized by the Princeton Review as a “Best in the Northeast” college, by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School,” by AC Online as one of the “Highest ROI Colleges in Pennsylvania,” and by Pennsylvania Business Central as a "Top 100 Organization.” Additionally, Pitt-Johnstown has been named to the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, and has been presented with The Seven Seals Award by the US Department of Defense’s office of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.