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Every year since 1999, the Florie Gale Arons program has brought a distinguished female poet to campus for a poetry reading and workshop. The program was established by the daughters of Florie Gale Arons (NC '50) in 1999 in honor of their mother's 70th birthday, and family and friends assure that it continues today in her memory. Mrs. Arons' posthumously published collection of poetry, Unspoken Words, is available at the Newcomb College Institute, the Tulane Bookstore, and independent bookstores.

Julia Spicher Kasdorf is the 17th Florie Gale Arons Poet
She will read on campus at 7:00pm in Freeman Auditorium on September 21, 2015


Julia S. Kasdorf

Julia Spicher Kasdorf, professor of English and Women's Studies at Penn State, has published three collections of poetry. Eve's Striptease was named one of Library Journal's Top 20 Best Poetry Books of 1998, and Sleeping Preacher won the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize and the Great Lakes College's Association Award for New Writing. Her poems were awarded a 2009 NEA fellowship and a Pushcart Prize and appear in numerous anthologies. She has written a collection of essays, The Body and the Book: Writing from a Mennonite Life, winner of the 2002 Book of the Year Award from the Conference on Christianity and Literature, and a monograph, Fixing Tradition: Joseph W. Yoder, Amish American. With Michael Tyrell she co-edited the anthology, Broken Land: Poems of Brooklyn. In addition to teaching poetry workshops, she established the Writer in the Community course in the MFA program.

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