Duquesne’s First-Year Writing Program Presents 'An Evening with Bill Deasy'

Duquesne University's First-Year Writing Program will host local writer and musician Bill Deasy as part of its annual visiting lecture series.

Deasy will offer insights into his creative process as an author, singer-songwriter and screenwriter, and perform selections of his work at An Evening with Bill Deasy on Monday, April 11, at 7 p.m. in the Union Ballroom. 

An event like this one with Deasy shows students how professional writers experience similar processes and struggles as amateurs do when writing, said Dr. Jerry Stinnett, assistant professor of English and director of the First-Year Writing Program. "Writers are successful not because they have inherited a mystical genius for writing, but because they think carefully about their writing, practice it often and are willing to change it when necessary," explained Stinnett.

Excerpts from Deasy's writing were incorporated into the freshman writing curriculum to provide students the opportunity to study his works before hearing them read aloud in person. Audience questions will be addressed following the readings.

Stinnett said he believes it is important for students to experience the written word and to hear it firsthand from writers of all different styles. "It is my hope that students realize that literature isn't just written by long-dead, seemingly irrelevant figures but remains an important, vibrant part of our contemporary social fabric," Stinnett added.

Recent books by Deasy include Traveling Clothes, Ghost Tree and Ransom Seaborn, which won the Golden Needle Award. He has toured nationally and has written for artists such as Martina McBride and Billy Ray Cyrus. Deasy's recording of Good Things Are Happening became the long-running theme for ABC's Good Morning America and he is credited with KDKA-TV's Emmy-award winning Your Home campaign.

Other well-known writers with Pittsburgh ties have been brought to campus through the lecture series, including playwright Todd Kreidler, author Stewart O'Nan and poets Terrance Hayes and Toi Derricotte.

An Evening with Bill Deasy is free and open to the public. For more information, email english@duq.edu.

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