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SMCM Professor and Award-Winning Author to Read from Selected Works Feb. 25

February 12, 2010
Press Release #10-008


Author Jerry Gabriel, visiting assistant professor of English at St. Mary's College of Maryland (SMCM), will read from his book Drowned Boy as part of the college's VOICES Reading Series at 8:15 p.m., Thursday, February 25, 2010, at Daugherty-Palmer Commons. Gabriel, winner of the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction in 2008 for his collection Drowned Boy, is a science writer. This event is free and open to the public and will feature a reception after the reading.

Drowned Boy was recently selected as a pick for Barnes & Noble's "Discover Great Writers" program. Gabriel's fiction has appeared in One Story, Epoch, Cimarron Review, the Tampa Review, and Fiction, among other magazines, and has been short-listed for a Pushcart Prize. In 2004, he was awarded an artist grant by the New York Foundation for the Arts.

Gabriel holds degrees from Ohio State University, Northern Arizona University, and the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. He has taught writing at Cornell University, and since the fall of 2008, has been teaching English at St. Mary's.

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