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Poetry Reading Sept. 18 Features Excerpts from ‘Our Rarer Monsters’

“Our Rarer Monsters,”
Noel Sloboda, assistant professor of English at Penn State York, will read selections from his poetry collection, “Our Rarer Monsters,” and other work during a poetry reading Wednesday, Sept. 18 at noon.
9/13/2013 —

Noel Sloboda, assistant professor of English at Penn State York, will read selections from his poetry collection, “Our Rarer Monsters,” (2013), as well as other work on Wednesday, Sept. 18 at noon in the Lee R. Glatfelter Library at Penn State York.  The reading, sponsored by the library, is free and open to the public.  Books will be available for purchase and Sloboda will be available to sign them.

“Our Rarer Monsters” is Sloboda’s second full-length poetry collection, and was released on May 28.  Published by Buffalo small press sunnyoutside, “Our Rarer Monsters” features art by Pittsburgh-area artist Marc Snyder and retails for $15.  The founder and editor-in-chief of sunnysideout, David McNamara, will attend the event and participate in a question and answer session following the reading.

“Our Rarer Monsters” delves beneath the surface of suburban life, exposing roots that bind us to the literary, cultural, and mythological traditions of yesterday as we hurdle through the 21st century. Author Kristine Ong Muslim wrote that the collection “dazzles and provokes,” while Mihaela Moscaliuc wrote of the collection: “This is a world of delicious inter-textualities, bold imaginings, and subtle music.”

Sloboda is the author of the poetry collection “Shell Games” (sunnyoutside, 2008), and “Stages” (sunnyoutside, 2010), a collection of poetry about Shakespeare productions.  He has also written several chapbooks, most recently “Circle Straight Back” (Cervená Barva Press, 2012).

At Penn State York, Sloboda regularly teaches Introduction to Creative Writing (ENG 050) and a variety of other English courses.

Sloboda is a graduate of Washington University, with a masters and doctorate in English and American studies, and also earned a bachelor of arts in English and philosophy from Connecticut College.  He was the recipient of the 2005 James H. Burness Award for Excellence in Teaching at Penn State York and the 2006 recipient of the campus’ advising award in recognition of outstanding advising to students.   Sloboda was the driving force behind the campus’ online student magazine, “Any Other Word,” and serves as its adviser.

An expert on Shakespeare, his work on Shakespearean film adaptations has appeared in “Studies in the Humanities” and in the collection “In/Fidelity: Essays on Film Adaptation” (Cambridge Scholars Press). He has contributed to the “Encyclopedia of American Literature,” the “Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction,” the “Student’s Companion to American Literary Characters,” and the “Literary Contexts” series. His creative work has appeared in venues based in Canada, New Zealand, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Switzerland.  He also serves as the Harrisburg Shakespeare Company dramaturg.

To purchase a copy of “Our Rarer Monsters,” visit http://www.sunnyoutside.com/ .


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