LHU professor awarded residency fellowship at Virginia Center for the Creative Arts

LOCK HAVEN — Lock Haven University English professor Marjorie Maddox Hafer (pen name Marjorie Maddox), has been awarded a residency fellowship at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA), one of the leading artists’ communities in the world.

Maddox Hafer will be among approximately 25 fellows focusing on their own creative projects at the working retreat for visual artists, writers and composers. The artists who come to VCCA, are selected through competitive peer review on the basis of the important or innovative work they are doing in their respective fields. One of the largest year-round artist residency programs, VCCA hosts more than 400 artist-fellows annually at its Mt. San Angelo facility in Amherst, Virginia, and 50 annually at the Moulin a Nef in Auvillar, France.

Maddox Hafer’s newest book, “Transplant, Transport, Transubstantiation,” chronicles her father’s unsuccessful heart transplant during the blizzard of 1993. It was re-released this August, having previously won the Yellowglen Prize and the distinction of finalist for the prestigious Brittingham and Felix Pollak Poetry Awards.

She has published 11 collections of poetry: the short story collection, “What She Was Saying”; the anthology, “Common Wealth: Contemporary Poets on Pennsylvania from Penn State Press” (co-editor with Bloomsburg professor and poet Jerry Wemple); and four children’s books.

In addition to her writing residency, while on sabbatical, Maddox Hafer will serve as visiting author, give readings and conduct workshops at eight universities and colleges across the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions.

She will begin her tour, and the Art of Poetry series readings, at 12:10 p.m. on Wednesday at Penn State University’s Palmer Museum of Art. Authors Nicole Cooley, director of the master’s program in creative writing and literary translation, at Queens College in New York, will follow on Oct. 3; and Alison Condie Jaenicke, assistant director of creative writing at Penn State, on Nov. 7.

Maddox Hafer also will be adding several local readings of her work including at the Annie Halenbake Ross Public Library and Avenue 209 Coffee House in Lock Haven. She recently served as guest author for the Lock Haven Book Club.