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September 22, 2010
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Irish Poet Joan McBreen Presents Huntingdon's Ellison Lecture

Montgomery, Ala. — Irish poet Joan McBreen will present Huntingdon College's Rhoda Coleman Ellison Writers Festival lecture Thursday, September 23, at 7:00 p.m., in the College's Flowers Hall, Ligon Chapel.  The lecture, during which McBreen will read from her work, is free and open to the public.

Born in Sligo, Ireland, McBreen is the author of four poetry collections: The Wind Beyond the Wall (Story Line Press, 1990); A Walled Garden in Moylough (Story Line Press and Salmon Poetry, 1995); Winter in the Eye--New and Selected Poems (Salmon Poetry, 2003); and Heather Island (Salmon Poetry, 2009).  Her anthology, The White Page/An Bhileog Bhan--Twentieth Century Irish Women Poets, was published by Salmon in 1999 and is in its third reprint. McBreen has presented her poetry widely in the United States and at Irish literary festivals.  She earned her Master of Arts at University College, Dublin.  Since 2007, she has served as the literary advisor and coordinator of the Oliver St. John Gogarty Literary Festival at Renvyle House Hotel, Connemara, Co. Galway.

The Rhoda Coleman Ellison Writers Festival brings an author of note to Huntingdon annually for a public reading/lecture and workshops with Huntingdon students.  The late Dr. Ellison, professor of English emerita, endowed the series.  For more on Huntingdon's cultural events, visit the Cultural and Community Events page on the Huntingdon College Web site.

Huntingdon College, grounded in the Judeo-Christian tradition of the United Methodist Church, is committed to nurturing growth in faith, wisdom, and service and to graduating individuals prepared to succeed in a rapidly changing world. Founded in 1854, Huntingdon is a coeducational liberal arts college. The College's Department of Language and Literature offers a major in English with concentrations in creative writing, film studies, and theater, and secondary teacher certification in English Language Arts available.

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