Poet and essayist Lori Jakiela to read at Pitt-Bradford

Lori Jakiela
Lori Jakiela


Poet and essayist Lori Jakiela will read as part of the Spectrum arts series at 7:30 p.m. March 19 in the Mukaiyma University Room located in the Frame-Westerberg Commons. 

            The reading is free and open to the public.

            Jakiela, who is an associate professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, is the author of a memoir, “Miss New York has Everything,” a poetry collection, “Spot the Terrorist!”, and three limited-edition poetry chapbooks.

            “Jakiela’s memoir is a very funny account of growing up in Western Pennsylvania and eventually becoming a flight attendant,” said Dr. Nancy McCabe, associate professor of writing and director of the writing program, who has used the book in her classes.

            “My students relate to her descriptions of life in small-town Pennsylvania, and she’s the only writer I know of who writes literary essays about life as a flight attendant.”

            Her essays and poems have been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and literary journals. She is the recipient of a 2010 Golden Quill award from the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association for column writing and the 2007 Pitt-Greensburg Alumni Association Outstanding Faculty Award. She teaches in the writing programs at Pitt-Greensburg and Chatham University.

            McCabe said she decided to bring Jakiela to campus after James Baldwin, assistant dean of academic affairs and registrar, circulated her defense of education in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

            Jakiela’s second memoir, “The Bridge to Take When Things Get Serious,” is forthcoming from C&R Press.

            For disability related needs, contact the Office of Disability Resources and Services at (814)362-7609 or clh71@pitt.edu.