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Songs Inspired by Literature – Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts, Penn State Altoona

November 3 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The concert will feature songs with a distinctly literary bent: songs that are literary in form or influenced by literary works or figures.
Marshall and Kayser have been playing music together for about a year. Marshall is professor emeritus of English and environmental studies, having retired from Penn State Altoona in 2020. He is the author of seven books, including the forthcoming work of hybrid fiction “The Adventures of Ordinary Man!” He finds that retirement is nicely amenable to the practice of playing guitar and writing new songs, most of them inspired by his passions for literature and the natural world.
Kayser runs University Park’s Adventure Literature program, which features courses in wilderness, fly-fishing, and rock-climbing literature. These courses blend literary study with outdoor adventure in places like Cape Cod, New River Gorge, and the Dolly Sods Wilderness in West Virginia. Kayser has an M.A. in literature and environment from University of Nevada, Reno, and an M.F.A. from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her poems and essays have appeared in, among other publications, “Alpinist,” “Deep Wild,” and “The Fourth River.”


November 3
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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