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Out & About: Seton Hill student writers hear from fantasy author

Shirley McMarlin
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From left: Garrett White of Houston, Texas, Marx Pyle of Evansville, Ind., and Jean Thomas of Lexington, Ky, gather for a photo during the book signing following the Seton Hill MFA in Popular Fiction Program talk held June 29 at the Seton Hill University Performing Arts Center in Greensburg.
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Seton Hill Writing Popular Fiction faculty Kathy Haines (left) of Pittsburgh and Katharine Dow of New York City pose for a photo June 29 during the book signing after the Seton Hill MFA in Popular Fiction Program talk at the Seton Hill University Performing Arts Center in Greensburg.
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From left: Felisha Kissel of Barnegat, N.J., Jeannie Rivera of Saranack Lake, N.Y., and Kelsie Harman of Olean, N.Y., gather for a photo June 29 during the book signing following the Seton Hill MFA in Popular Fiction Program talk at the Seton Hill University Performing Arts Center in Greensburg.
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Kelly Clever of Derry, a librarian at Seton Hill University, talks with American fantasy and young adult fiction writer Daniel Jose Older of New Orleans during the book signing June 29 after the Seton Hill MFA in Popular Fiction Program talk at the Seton Hill University Performing Arts Center in Greensburg.
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Seton Hill MFA in Popular Fiction Program Director Nicole Peeler joins American fantasy and young adult fiction writer Daniel Jose Older of New Orleans for a photo during the book signing June 29 after the Seton Hill MFA in Popular Fiction Program talk at the Seton Hill University Performing Arts Center in Greensburg.
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American fantasy and young adult fiction writer Daniel Jose Older of New Orleans poses for a photo with Louise McGinnis of Chesapeake, Va., during the book signing June 29 after the Seton Hill MFA in Popular Fiction Program talkat the Seton Hill University Performing Arts Center in Greensburg.

Twice yearly, students in Seton Hill University’s MFA in Popular Fiction program gather from around the country — and sometimes from around the globe — for a week of intensive workshops on the Greensburg campus.

One feature of the week is a lecture, Q-and-A session and book-signing/reception with a prominent author in the pop fiction field.

On June 29, students, faculty and interested community members gathered in the Seton Hill Performing Arts Center in downtown Greensburg to hear from author Daniel Jose Older.

Older is a New York Times best-selling author whose works include “Star Wars: Last Shot,” the historical fantasy series “Dactyl Hill Squad,” the “Bone Street Rumba” urban fantasy series and the young adult series “The Shadowshaper Cypher,” which won the International Latino Book Award and was named one of Esquire’s “80 Books Every Person Should Read.”

Older formerly worked as an emergency medical technician in New York City, writing in his off hours. He is a champion for diversity in the field of popular fiction. He’s also a musician.

Director of Seton Hill’s pop fiction program is Nicole Peeler, herself an author of urban fantasy novels, including the Jane True “Tempest” series.

Shirley McMarlin is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Shirley at 724-836-5750, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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