Eirini Panagiotidou, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Linguistics
Department of English
West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Israel Sanz-Sánchez, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Spanish and Linguistics
Department of Languages and Cultures
West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Conference Welcome Reception
All conference participants are invited to the Conference Welcome reception. Light snacks and drinks will be served. We are grateful to the Dean of Arts and Humanities for generously sponsoring the event.
A Reading with WCU Writers (6:00 pm to 7:15 pm)
Poetry/Creative Nonfiction Reading
WCU faculty Kim Bridgford, poet, and Kristine Ervin, creative nonfiction writer, will be reading excerpts from their work and discussing their craft.
Kim Bridgford is the director of Poetry by the Sea: A Global Conference and the editor of Mezzo Cammin, an online journal of formalist poetry by women. She is also the founder of The Mezzo Cammin Women Poets Timeline Project, a comprehensive database of women poets. The recipient of grants from the Connecticut Commission on the Arts, the NEA, and the Ucross Foundation, she is the author of nine books of poetry. With visual artist Jo Yarrington, she is completing a three-book project, The Falling Edge, on Iceland, Venezuela, and Bhutan. With Russell Goings, she rang the closing bell of the New York Stock Exchange in honor of Goings' book The Children of Children Keep Coming, for which she wrote the introduction.
Kristine S. Ervin grew up in a small suburb of Oklahoma City and now teaches creative writing at West Chester University, outside of Philadelphia. She holds an MFA in Poetry from New York University and a Ph.D. in Creative Writing and Literature, with a focus in nonfiction, from the University of Houston. Her work has appeared in Crab Orchard Review, Brevity, and Passages North, and her essay "Cleaving To" was named a notable essay in the 2013 edition of Best American Essays. She is currently working on a memoir about searching for answers and a feminine identity—through texts, memory, and bodies—in the aftermath of her mother's murder and the solving of the cold case 25 years later.
Beer-Tasting at Levante Brewery Company (6:00 pm onwards)
$10 per person
Join us for beer and great company at Levante’s craft brewery and taproom. You will have the opportunity to try their locally-made ales and lagers and learn about their brewing techniques. Informal and relaxed atmosphere for post-conference socializing.
Conference Dinner (8:00 pm to 11:00 pm)
$70 per person
The Conference dinner will take place at Faunbrook Bed and Breakfast, a Victorian inn very close to West Chester University. The price includes a buffet dinner (appetizers, salad, main entrées, dessert), soft drinks, and white/red wine. A variety of selections will be available, including vegetarian.
$68 per person
The PALA 2017 excursion will take us to the historic Philadelphia. The excursion includes a two-hour walking tour of the Independence Mall area at the very heart of the city. An experienced tour guide will relate stories and anecdotes about the Declaration of Independence and the writing of the Constitution as well as people who made history in the city, including Ben Franklin, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Alexander Hamilton. Some of the sites covered on the tour are: President’s House Site, Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Congress Hall, Ben Franklin Burial Site, Franklin Court, Old City Hall, and Betsy Ross House.
We will have lunch at City Tavern, a restored historic tavern, that was the location of the first Fourth of July Celebration in 1777 and George Washington’s Pre-Inaugural Ball. The dining experience will transport us back to customs and recipes of the 18th Century Colonial America. The three-course lunch includes salad, main entrée (vegetarian option available), and dessert along with coffee and tea.
After lunch, you will have time to explore Philadelphia individually. Some suggestions can be found here.