Dorothy Louise Holley Memorial Reading
featuring Liane Ellison Norman,
Gerry Rosella Boccella, and Shirley Snodey
Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020
7 p.m. | Doors at 6:30 p.m.
Gailliot Center, Fifth Floor, University Commons
Reception and book signing following the reading.
Free and open to the public. Free parking.
DOROTHY HOLLEY’s creative
energy and strong faith manifested
themselves in her love for gardening,
storytelling, and writing about those
things which profoundly touched
her life. Dorothy’s daughter, Beth
Piraino, established this endowment
in memory of her beloved mother,
recognizing the importance of the
Madwomen in the Attic program in
Dorothy’s life. As a Madwoman in
the Attic, Dorothy found fellow
writers and kindred spirits who shared
their work and growth as published
writers. While in her 80’s, Dorothy
published four volumes of poetry:
A Whole Quart Jar, The Garden
Journals, Late Day Thoughts, and
LIANE ELLISON NORMAN’s
most recent book of poetry, The
Solid Earth is a Restless Place,
was published in 2018 by Smoke
& Mirrors Press. Way Station was
issued in 2017 by Finishing Line
Press, which also published her
Driving Near the Old Federal
Arsenal. She has published poems
in the North American Review,
Kestrel, The Fourth River, 5 AM,
Grasslimb, Rune, Hot Metal Press,
and in the Come Together: Imagine
Peace anthology. Norman won the
Wisteria Prize in 2006 from Paper
Journey Press. She has published
two earlier books of poetry, The
Duration of Grief and Keep; a
biography, a novel, and many
articles, essays, and reviews.
GERRY ROSELLA BOCCELLA
is an educator, designer, and arts
advocate. She graduated from
Carlow University (then Mount
Mercy College) in 1958. In 1994,
she received the Carlow Alumnae
Service Award in the Arts, followed
in 1996 by the Carlow Woman of
Spirit Award for her work in the arts
with at-risk youth. Her poetry has
been featured on the WESA-FM
radio show Prosody, in the Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh City Paper,
and Pittsburgh Poetry Review.
SHIRLEY SNODEY writes poetry
and fiction. She is the author of a
chapbook, Barefoot on Southern
Soil (MadBooks, 2011). Several
poems and fiction excerpts have been
published in Pittsburgh City Paper.
She attended Community College of
For more information:
Sarah Williams-Devereux or Jan Beatty.
This reading is supported in part by The Dorothy Louise Holley Endowment
and sponsored by Carlow University’s English Department, Creative Writing Program, and Women’s and Gender Studies Program.
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