Reading of new book set for April 17

A reading of Unsustainable: Re-imagining Community Literacy, Public Writing, Service-Learning, and the University is planned for 4 p.m. April 17 in the Cora I. Grove Spiritual Center adjacent to Shippensburg University.

The free program, open to the public, is sponsored by the university’s Department of English and the Professional Development Committee.

Participating are Dr. Laurie JC Cella, associate professor of English and director of first-year writing and co-editor of the book; Dr. Jessica Restaino, director of first-year writing at Montclair University and co-editor of the book; and Dr. Karen Johnson, director of the Writing Studio at Shippensburg and a contributor to the book.

The book is a collection of essays by a number of scholar-practitioners in the field, and explores short-lived university/community writing projects in an effort to rethink the long-held “gold standard” of long-term sustainability in community writing work. The volume’s contributors examine their own efforts in order to provide alternate models for understanding, assessing, and enacting university/community writing projects that, for a range of reasons, fall outside of traditional practice.

For more information, contact Dr. Sharon Harrow at