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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Allison Benner, College Relations Associate – Media, 610-740-3790

AWARD-WINNING WRITER, PETER CHILSON, TO ADDRESS RECENT ISSUES SURROUNDING NON-FICTION WRITING DURING VISIT TO CEDAR CREST

Allentown, PA (March 23, 2006) – Award-winning, multi-genre author Peter Chilson will visit Cedar Crest College on Thursday, April 20, to read from his work and to discuss the often debated boundary line that separates fiction and nonfiction writing. The reading and discussion, sponsored by the Humanities Department, the Cultural Programs Committee and Preterite, the College's literary club, will take place at 7:00 p.m. in the Samuels Theatre of the Tompkins College Center and is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the presentation.

Peter Chilson taught English in West Africa for the Peace Corps in the 1980s, and returned on a Fulbright Scholarship in the 1990s while earning his Master's degree in Creative Nonfiction at Penn State University. The resulting book, Riding the Demon: On the Road in West Africa, won the Associated Writing Programs (AWP) Creative Nonfiction Award in 1999. A widely published essayist, fiction writer, and journalist, Chilson directs the Creative Writing program at Washington State University and is presently completing a book that examines the relationship of human beings to the landscapes they inhabit in West Africa and the American west. His writings have appeared in The London Daily Telegraph, Audubon, West Africa Magazine, North American Review, Grand Tour, and other publications. He lives in Moscow, Idaho and in Portland, Oregon.

For more information about this event, please call the Special Events Hotline at 610.790.3791. Media inquiries please contact the College Relations Office at 610.740.3790.

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