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Department of English Spring Homecoming

Department of English Spring Homecoming

In Honor of Timothy Dow Adams and Gail Galloway Adams


Schedule of Events: Thursday, April 26

Betty Boyd Lounge, E. Moore Hall
10 a.m. Reception
10:30 a.m. Alumni panel featuring Heather Hartley, Tony Michael and Meagan Szekely
2 p.m. Reading by fiction writer Gail Adams and tribute to Tim and Gail Adams   

Milano Reading Room, WVU Downtown Library 
7:30 p.m. MFA graduation reading featuring Bryce Berkowitz, Natalie Homer, Meredith Jeffers, Jake Maynard, Maggie Montague, Kat Saunders and Natalie Updike


Alumni Panelists

Heather Hartley
Heather Hartley is the author of “Adult Swim” and “Knock Knock”, both from Carnegie Mellon University Press, and is Paris editor for Tin House magazine. She has presented writers at Shakespeare and Company Bookshop and has taught at the American University of Paris and in the University of Texas El Paso’s MFA online program. She is poetry and strategic adviser for The Creative Process. She graduated from WVU in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a minor in French, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa. She received a Master of Arts in French from Middlebury College in 1996. 

Tony Michael 
Tony Michael is director of the WVU Extension Service Family and Community Development program and an associate professor in Extension’s Institute for Labor Studies and Research. His advanced degrees include a Master of Arts in English and Juris Doctorate, both from WVU. A native of Talcott, West Virginia, he is an accomplished educator and facilitator who has taught workforce education from coast to coast and in Canada for labor organizations and employers alike. He holds a training and communication certification from the National Curriculum and Training Institute and is a member of West Virginia’s Labor Hall of Fame.

Meagan Szekely
Meagan Szekely is the marketing manager at Naval Institute Press. Previously, she worked as an editorial assistant at Johns Hopkins University Press and as a graduate assistant at West Virginia University Press. Meagan has a master’s degree in professional writing and editing from West Virginia University. She has worked on books about Appalachian culture, Florida manatees, World War II spies, and Victorian shoes. A native of Huntington, West Virginia, Meagan now lives in Annapolis, Maryland with her husband and cat. She is passionate about books, Coca-Cola and West Virginia.