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Chatham to Host the Melanie Brown Lecturer Series: Martha Southgate

The Melanie Brown Lecturer Series is one of the exciting opportunities for aspiring writers to meet established authors, specifically writers of fiction, through Chatham’s MFA in Creative Writing program. The Melanie Brown Lecturer is presented each year through the generosity of The Melanie and Fred Brown Endowed Fun.

The event is free and open to the public. Copies of Martha Southgate’s novels will be on sale onsite after the event. Contact MFA Program Assistant, Joe Bisciotti, at for more information.

About Martha Southgate: Martha Southgate is the author of four novels: The Taste of Salt, Third Girl from The Left, The Fall of Rome and Another Way to Dance. Her fiction has won numerous accolades and she has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Bread Loaf Writers Conference. Her nonfiction work has appeared in many publications, most recently The American Scholar and The New York Times Book Review. She has taught at Vermont College of Fine Arts and Sarah Lawrence and she is working towards an MFA in Playwriting at Brooklyn College.

About Chatham’s MFA in Creative Writing Program: Chatham’s MFA in Creative Writing program consists of both an on-the-ground full-residency program and a low-residency, online program with concentrations in travel writing, teaching, publishing, or nature writing in addition to a primary genre focus (poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, or children’s writing). The program offers innovative field seminars that include travel to such places as Costa Rica, Ecuador, India, and Germany. The Words Without Walls program, in which MFA students go into the Allegheny County Jail to teach inmates creative writing, is one of several social outreach programs developed and run by Chatham MFA students that offer transformative experiences for both students and an underserved population. In 2007 Poets & Writers named the MFA one of “Nine Distinctive Programs” and The Atlantic Monthly named it one of five innovative/unique programs in the country in its “Best of the Best” graduate program listings. In 2009, The Writer named it one of ten programs that offer a specialty focus. For more information, visit 

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January 28, 2019


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