Contact: Michael Traupman, Executive Director for College Relations 610-740-3790


Allentown, PA (October 21, 2008) — Two noted authors and former Cedar Crest College faculty members, Dr. Don LoCicero and John Herrmann, will return to the College on Wednesday, October 29 at 7 p.m. for a free public reading from their works. The reading, which is sponsored by the College’s Preterite literary magazine and the department of humanities, will be held in the 1867 Room of the Tompkins College Center.

From 1966 to 2001, Don LoCicero was a member of the Cedar Crest College faculty. During that time he taught German, Russian, Comparative Literature, Creative Writing, and Basic English Composition, in all more than thirty-five different courses. During his tenure at the Crest he served as chairperson of the International Language Department, Coordinator of Comparative Literature, and co-founded the literary magazine, Mafkikker. He also created and directed the Cedar Crest Honors Program. Dr. LoCicero's academic publications both here and abroad include numerous book reviews, critical essays, an anthology of German humor and a volume dealing with the German novella. Of his eight published novels, three have been translated and published in China. His recent, critically acclaimed work, “Superheroes and Gods: A Comparative Study from Babylonia to Batman,” was based on an original course that he taught at Cedar Crest. The Midwest Book Review noted that LoCicero’s book was “a work of seminal scholarship and strongly recommended. “ Don is presently completing work on The Blue Wheelchair, an avant-garde novel the author has labeled "a metaphysical mystery."

John Herrmann was writer-in-residence at Cedar Crest for much of the 1970s. He’s a short story writer, novelist and for many years taught at American universities in New York, Pennsylvania, Europe and the Middle East, and was director of the master of fine arts program in creative writing at the University of Montana, Missoula. His awards include Roll of Honor in Best American Short Stories, one of 35 Most Distinguished Stories in Best American Mystery Stories, the Hart Crane Award in Poetry, and residency awards at Yaddo and The Edward MacDowell Colony. He also was a journalist on many magazines in New York City and Washington D.C. He now lives outside of a small village in northwest Montana with his dog and writes a regular community newspaper column about American culture. He has just finished a new novel entitled Kootenai Falls. On reviewing his first book, “Murder at the Red Dog,” the Midwest Book review noted, “Hermann is a first-rate writer, with a special facility for great dialogue. His characters come across as three-dimensional, and appeal to the reader's thirst for entertainment.”


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