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Creative Nonfiction Writer to Give Reading Feb.11

January 28, 2010
Press Release #10-009


Author Barbara Hurd, professor of creative writing at Frostburg State University, will read from her writings as part of the St. Mary's College of Maryland VOICES Reading Series at 8:15 p.m., Thursday, February 11, 2010, in Daugherty- Palmer Commons. Author of Walking the Wrack Line: On Tidal Shifts, and What Remains (2008), and winner of the Sierra Club's National Nature Writing Award, Hurd also teaches in the Stonecoast MFA program at the University of Southern Maine. This event is free and open to the public.

Hurd has written numerous award-winning books, including Entering the Stone: On Caves and Feeling Through the Dark, a Library Journal Best Natural History Book of the Year (2003) and Stirring the Mud: On Swamps, Bogs, and Human Imagination, a Los Angeles Times Best Book  (2001). Her essays have appeared in journals, including Best American Essays 1999 and 2001, The Yale Review, The Georgia Review, Orion, Audubon, and numerous others.

Hurd won a 2002 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship for Creative Nonfiction and Pushcart prizes in 2004 and 2007.

St. Mary's College of Maryland, designated the Maryland state honors college in 1992, is ranked one of the best liberal arts schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger's, and The Princeton Review. Founded in 1840 as Maryland's "monument school" commemorating the state's first capital, SMCM is the state's only public honors college.

More than 2,000 students attend the college, which has the highest graduation rate for all Maryland public colleges and universities, and an SAT average for student admissions of 1848. The school's waterfront campus along the St. Mary's River in Southern Maryland is home to the 2009 National Intercollegiate Sailing Association Co-ed champions