Gunston Hosts 12 Authors
Posted 11/06/2008 02:20PM

Gunston Hosts 12 Authors
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This year's ICB authors included: (front row seated)-Nancy Robson, Michael Glaser; Next row (from left) Sue Ellen Thompson, Erin Murphy, Robert DeProspo, Michele Volansky, Thomas Cousineau, Meredith Hadaway, Gunston Headmaster Jeff Woodworth, Mike Clemens, Timothy Young, Rick Kollinger and Robert Mooney.

Gunston was host to twelve nationally celebrated authors this past week as part of their annual In Celebration of Books Day. A long-standing tradition at Gunston, In Celebration of Books is an effort to excite students about writing. By connecting students with published authors, Gunston creates a real world appreciation of literature that transcends the classroom experience. As one student commented, "In Celebration of Books is great because I can get a perspective on writing from the people who actually write for a living." This year's event saw one of the most impressive lists of authors to date, including:


In Celebration of Books founder, past parent, and celebrated author, Nancy Robson is honored as Gunston's founding ICB Author Emeritus-2008. Here, Headmaster Jeff Woodworth presents her with the celebratory cup.

Nancy Taylor Robson - Author of Woman in the Wheelhouse and Course of the Waterman, Ms. Robson is also a freelance writer, and her work has appeared in various publications including The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun, Southern Living, and Sailing. A Gunston past parent and founder of In Celebration of Books, Ms. Robson was honored by being named this event's first Author Emeritus.

Michael Clemens - A math teacher at Gunston, Mr. Clemens is the author of Service Learning, a play that was performed this summer in Easton. He has also co-authored a screenplay with his high school wrestling coach.


Thomas Cousineau discusses F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby with students.

Thomas Cousineau - A professor of English at Washington College, Dr. Cousineau has published several books on the Irish writer Samuel Beckett, and he recently wrote a book entitled, Ritual Unbound: Reading Sacrifice in Modern Fiction.

Richard DeProspo - A professor of English and American Studies at Washington College, Dr. DeProspo is the author of two books and numerous journal articles.

Michael Glaser - Maryland's 2004 Poet Laureate and a professor at St. Mary's College, Mr. Glaser is the author of several books of poetry, has published over 500 poems and has edited two anthologies.

Meredith Davies Hadaway - A world renowned harpist and Vice President for College Relations at Washington College, Ms. Hadaway is the author of a poetry collection, Fishing Secrets of the Dead. Her poems have also appeared in Isotope, Poet Lore, Spillway, The California Quarterly and the anthology, Here on the Chester.


Rick Kollinger explores different types of cartoons and shares with students how he gets his ideas.

Rick Kollinger - An author, iconoclast, and political cartoonist for The Star Democrat and The Kent County News, Mr. Kollinger is an 18 time winner of the Maryland, Delaware and DC Press Association's Award for Editorial Cartooning including "Best in Show" recipient for three years. He was also a winner of the national Fischetti Award for Editorial Cartooning, and has twice been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

Robert Mooney - An award-winning short story writer, essayist, and author of the novel, Father of the Man, Mr. Mooney teaches creative writing at Washington College and is a founding editor of Etruscan Press.

Erin Murphy - An associate professor of English and creative writing at Pennsylvania State University at Altoona, Ms. Murphy is the author of three volumes of poetry, the most recent of which is entitled, Too Much of This World. She is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, and her work has also appeared in several journals and anthologies.

Sue Ellen Thompson - An author of four books of poetry, Ms. Thompson was resident poet at The Frost Place, and a Robert Frost Fellow at Bread Loaf Writer's Conference. She was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for her book, The Leaving: New and Selected Poems.

Michele Volansky - An assistant professor of drama at Washington College, Ms. Volanksy is the dramaturg for the Play-Penn New Play Development Conference. She has co-authored The Collaborative Playwright: Practical Advice for Getting Your Play Written.

Timothy Young - A toy designer, illustrator, sculptor, puppet maker, and a graphic designer, Mr. Young's work has been seen on television, in major magazines and on toy shelves worldwide. He is also the author of the recently published children's book, I'm Looking for a Monster.