Stephen Dunn Reading Series: Faculty and Alumnae

Galloway, N.J. – Faculty and alumnae are set to begin this year’s Stephen Dunn Reading Series on Wednesday, Feb. 14, at 3:30 p.m.

The speakers are Emily August, associate professor of Literature; Emily Van Duyne, associate professor of Writing; Liz Myers, ’23; and Moneeba Khan, ’23.

The event will be hosted in Campus Center Meeting Room 5 and simulcasted via Zoom. Admission is free, and the public is welcome to attend. 

About the Speakers

Emily August

August teaches courses in 19th-century British literature and culture, literature on crime and detection, medical humanities and creative writing. Her debut poetry collection, “The Punishments Must Be a School” (The Word Works, 2023), examines themes of intergenerational trauma, domestic violence, educational harm and biracial identity. Her poems have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize & Best New Poets and have appeared in numerous journals.

Emily Van Duyne

A South Jersey native, Van Duyne’s book, “Loving Sylvia Plath: A Reclamation,” will be out July 2024 with W.W. Norton & Co. She is the recipient of research and creative writing fellowships from the Fulbright and Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundations, and from Emory University. With her colleagues Janet Badia and Julie Goodspeed-Chadwick, she is co-editor of the forthcoming Routledge Companion to Sylvia Plath.

Liz Myers

Stockton alumna who earned her B.A. in Literary Studies in December 2023, Myers served as secretary of Stockton's Literature Club and editor-in-chief of The Argo Newspaper & Stockpot Literary Magazine, represented Stockton at the 2023 NJWGSC Colloquium, and was named a Board of Trustees Distinguished Fellow in 2022. She received the 2022 Feyt/Armstrong Award and the 2023 Betsey Stockton Award for her critical writing on Unitarian Christianity, neoliberal feminism, and bisexuality in literature.

Moneeba Khan

Born in Pakistan and immigrated to the US with her family in her early childhood, Khan grew up in Atlantic City, N.J., and is a graduate of Stockton University, where she received a B.A. in Biology with a minor in Writing. Khan has been writing poetry all throughout her life and aspires to publish her own book of poetry in the near future.

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

  • Marciela Guerrero (Poet, writer, teacher and International Visiting Writer in Residence for Fall 2023) – 2023
  • Jordan Calhoun (Author, editor-in-chief of Lifehacker) – 2023
    • Read about his visit in the Argo by student Diamond Rogers.
  • Jane Wong (Author, artist and poet) – 2023
    • Read about her visit in the Argo by student Diamond Rogers. 
  • Dolen Perkins-Valdez (New York Times bestselling author) – 2023
    • Read about her visit in the Argo by student Victoria Orlowski.
  • Nathan Long & Nancy Reddy (LITT faculty) and Michelle Servellon & Jenna Geisinger (alumnae) – 2023
  • Joshua Cohen (Pulitzer Prize in Fiction winner) – 2022