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RMU's Literary Journal, Rune, Holds April 24 Release Party

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Pittsburgh -- Robert Morris University's literary journal Rune will have a release party on April 24 at 5 p.m. in Wheatley Cafe. During the event, authors whose work was published in this year's edition will have the opportunity to read their work aloud.  

The evening's featured reader will be award-winning Pittsburgh poet Jan Beatty, author of Red Sugar (2008), Boneshaker (2002), and other poetry collections. Beatty is the host of WYEP's "Prosody", western Pennsylvania’s only regularly scheduled radio program featuring contemporary poets and writers. She is also director of Carlow University's creative writing program. Beatty's awards include a $15,000 Creative Achievement Award in Literature from the Heinz Foundation, the Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry, and two fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. She was also a Discovery/The Nation Prize finalist.

Beatty will join John Lawson, RMU professor of English studies, and part-time instructor and poet Tess Barry, to record a reading and literary discussion for RMU Radio's "Literature Out Loud."

Rune is RMU's student literary magazine. It accepts short stories, dramatic writing, art, and writings with photography. For this year's issue, 51 pieces were selected out of 200 submissions. Staff members include Lawson, who serves as the magazine's advisor, and students Ashley Gribik, chief editor, Alyssa Bishop, layout coordinator, and Virginia Kohar, web manager. The magazine is open to all fields of study at RMU.

The Rune staff has constructed a website that will be launched during the release party. Readings are scheduled from 5 to 6 p.m.


Through 60 undergraduate and 20 graduate degree programs across five academic schools, Robert Morris University (RMU) in Pittsburgh, Pa., works to change its students' lives so that they can go out and change the lives of others for the better. More than 5,000 undergraduate and graduate, nontraditional and online students from 37 states and 37 nations are enrolled at RMU, which sits on 230 scenic acres just 20 minutes from downtown Pittsburgh. Emphasizing experiential learning, Robert Morris focuses on professional development, service learning, global awareness, undergraduate research, campus leadership, and cultural experiences, all of which are documented on our innovative Student Engagement Transcript. More than 100 clubs and organizations help students to develop leadership skills, network professionally, and meet friends. RMU also has 16 NCAA Division I athletic programs, including football, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s ice hockey, and men's and women's lacrosse.