Authors of "Shale Play" to offer talk Nov. 5

Julia Spicher Kasdorf and Steven Rubin
Credit: Penn State

Penn State Altoona's Environmental Studies program will host a talk by Julia Spicher Kasdorf and Steven Rubin on Monday, November 5, 2018, at 4:00 p.m. in the Edith Davis Eve Chapel

The presentation is based upon the book, Shale Play, published by Penn State University Press, which gathers stories and photographs about working people and everyday life from Appalachian Pennsylvania and the Marcellus Shale region.

"The long sleep of the Appalachians has been dramatically interrupted by the sudden discovery of the Marcellus Shale," writes Bill McKibben, noted nature writer and activist. "This book helps us see and understand what that has meant for the region. It's a classic tale, with echoes of the region's past — and deep implications for the planet's future."

Kasdorf, an award-winning poet and professor of English and women's, gender, and sexuality studies at Penn State, has published three books of poetry: Sleeping Preacher, Eve’s Striptease, and Poetry in America. Her awards include the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize and the Great Lakes College’s Association Award for New Writing, a Pushcart Prize, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry.

Rubin worked for more than 20 years as a freelance photojournalist and documentary photographer. His photographs have been published in The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, Time, Newsweek, and The Village Voice, and internationally in Stern, GEO, Focus, L’Express, and The London Independent Magazine. He is an associate professor of art, specializing in photography, at Penn State.

This event is free and open to the public.