Public Reading of Faculty Authors, 10/16

Kirsten Lagatree reading non-fiction; Sarah Kolbasowski reading poetry; and David Galef reading fiction

With great interest and fresh talent, we are again offering three readings this semester showcasing an exciting variety of published writers who, by day, teach exposition, but by night create!

Who: Kirsten Lagatree reading non-fiction; Sarah Kolbasowski reading poetry; and David Galef reading fiction

When: Thursday, October 16th from 6:30 to 8:00 pm.

Where: University Hall First Floor Lounge

KIRSTEN LAGATREE, formerly a public radio reporter and producer, is the author of six books. These include Checklists for Life: 104 Lists to Help You Get Organized, Save Time, and Unclutter Your Life (Random House), Sizzling Sex: 242 Sure-Fire Ways to Heat Up Your Love Life (Gramercy), and Feng Shui: Arranging Your Home to Change Your Life (Villard). An active freelance writer who publishes in magazines and newspapers as well in book form, she is currently working on a memoir. Kirsten loves her new career as a writing teacher at Montclair State University. More on Kirsten at her website,

DAVID GALEF has published fifteen books: the novels Flesh, Turning Japanese, and How to Cope with Suburban Stress; the short-story collection Laugh Track; two children’s books, The Little Red Bicycle and Tracks; two translations of Japanese proverbs, Even Monkeys Fall from Trees and Even a Stone Buddha Can Talk; a work of literary criticism, The Supporting Cast; an edited anthology of essays called Second Thoughts: A Focus on Rereading; a critical edition of Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the d’Urbervilles; a co-edited anthology of fiction called 20 over 40; the poetry collection Flaws, and, most recently, the poetry chapbook Lists and the fiction chapbook A Man of Ideas and Other Stories. In addition, he has written over seventy short stories for magazines ranging from the British Punch to the Czech Prague Revue, the Canadian Prism International and the American Shenandoah. His essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, Newsday, The Village Voice, Twentieth Century Literature, The Columbia History of the British Novel, and many other places. His awards include a Fulbright fellowship, a Henfield Foundation grant, a Writers Exchange award from Poets & Writers, and a Mississippi Arts Council grant, as well as residencies at Yaddo and Ragdale. A co-founder of the M.F.A. program in creative writing at the University of Mississippi, he is now a professor of English at Montclair State University.

SARAH KOLBASOWSKI is a professor and poet from New Jersey. She has had poetry published in Downtown Brooklyn, The Alchemy Review, juiceBox: A Journal of the Ordinary and others. She has work forthcoming in the Edison Literary Review and the new issue of Downtown Brooklyn out of Long Island University, where she earned her MFA in creative writing. Recently, Sarah was awarded a fellowship by Summer Literary Seminars and was included in an anthology of New Jersey poets published by The Poetry Center in Paterson, NJ. You can learn more about Sarah by visiting her website at