College to Host Two-Night Poetry Festival

Release Date: Friday, Febuary 22, 2008

 Friday evening will feature a performance by musician Shawn Germain, who released his debut album titled “A Neverending Season” in 2007. Following his performance, there will be an open mic for poetry readings and music. On Saturday evening, three poetry readings will be dedicated to William Walker, Ph.D., senior vice president of the College, on the occasion of his retirement in June. The speakers for Saturday nights poetry readings will be Eli Goldblatt, Chestnut Hill College adjunct professor John Ebersole, and Elizabeth Pearson.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information, please contact John Ebersole at 973.220.1335 or email .

About the Performers/Speakers: Shawn Germain's debut album, "A Neverending Season", is a blend of mid-tempo acoustic rock and ethereal balladry, dealing with the volatility of the human experience, filled with moments of tense introspection then turning quickly to a more universal message of hope and reconciliation.

Eli Goldblatt is an associate professor of English and director of first-year writing at Temple University. His poems have appeared in journals such as Cincinnati Review,
Madison Review, Hambone, Louisiana Literature, Hubbub, 6ix, and 88. His book-length volumes include Herakles: A Verse Play (Tamarisk, 1981), Sessions1-62 (Chax, P, 1991), Speech Acts (Chax P, 1999), and Without a Trace (Singing Horse P, 2001). Mr. Goldblatt is also the author of two children’s books, and books and articles in composition and rhetoric.

John Ebersole teaches poetry and composition at Chestnut Hill College and Temple University. John’s most recent poems and reviews have appeared in Western Humanities Review and Octopus Magazine.

Elizabeth Pearson is a poet and teacher who lives in Philadelphia.