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April 5, 2013
CONTACT: Gordon Ovenshine

Author presents mental illness program

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -Mark Brazaitis, an award-winner author and professor of English at West Virginia University, will present "The Incurable: Living with Mental Illness and Transforming it into Art" at 7 p.m., April 10, in Slippery Rock University's Advanced Technology and Science Hall Auditorium.

BRAZAITIS Brazaitis's presentation springboards from his latest book "The Incurables," which addresses the issue of overcoming depression through art. It won the 2012 Richard Sullivan Prize from the University of Notre Dame Press.

He is the author of four books, including "The River of Lost Voices," which won the 1998 Iowa Short Fiction Award. His short stories, poems and essays have appeared in The Sun, Ploughshares, Witness, Confrontation, Notre Dame Review, Beloit Fiction Journal, Poetry International, Poetry East and elsewhere.

SRU's President's Commission of Disability Issues, the psychology and English departments and Counseling Center are sponsoring the program.

"In the spirit of the President's Commission on Disability Issues, our commission seeks to provide a campus environment and climate free of barriers and discrimination," said Marybeth Miller, associate professor of physical education and a commission member. "We want to empower people with disabilities to fully participate in all facets of University life."

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.