Stephen Dunn Reading Series: Jordan Calhoun

Galloway, N.J. – Jordan Calhoun, author and editor-in-chief of the weblog Lifehacker, is set to be the second speaker for this academic year’s Stephen Dunn Reading Series on Wednesday, Oct. 11, at 9:55 a.m.

Calhoun’s debut memoir, “Piccolo Is Black: A Memoir of Race, Religion, and Pop Culture,” explores his childhood in Detroit and predominately white private schools through the lens of the pop culture he grew up and identified with.

The event will be hosted in the Multicultural Center and simulcasted via Zoom. Admission is free, and the public is encouraged to attend. 

About Jordan Calhoun

Calhoun has been featured in publications like The New York Times, Kotaku, The Root and The AV Club, while his writing has been published in places like Men’s Health and Vulture. He also has a column with The Atlantic called “Humans Being,” where he “unearths deeper meanings” in mainstream media.

Calhoun is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer. He holds a B.A. in Sociology and Criminal Justice, a B.S. in Psychology from Western Michigan University and an M.P.A. in Public Policy from New York University. He currenty lives in New York City. 

About The Stephen Dunn Reading Series

Named after the late Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and distinguished professor emeritus of Creative Writing, the series is sponsored by: Murphy Writing of Stockton University; the William T. Daly School of General Studies; The Literature program in the School of Arts & Humanities; and Board of Trustee member Madeleine Deininger, '80. 

Previous Speakers

  • Jane Wong (Author, artist and poet) – 2023
  • Dolen Perkins-Valdez (New York Times bestselling author) – 2023
  • Nathan Long & Nancy Reddy (LITT faculty) and Michelle Servellon & Jenna Geisinger (alumnae) – 2023
  • Joshua Cohen (Pulitzer Prize in Fiction winner) – 2022