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PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania (May 7, 2012) – Michelle Maher, Ph.D., Professor of English at La Roche College, is winner of the Patricia Dobler Poetry Award from Carlow University.

Women writers over the age of 40 who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents, currently living in the United States, who have not yet published a full-length book of poetry, fiction, or non-fiction were eligible to enter the contest.

Maher's poem, "At the Brera, Milan," won first place. In addition, her poem "January Birches" was a finalist in a field of over 400 poems submitted.

As the winner, Maher will be a participating guest of Carlow's MFA residency in Pittsburgh, PA, January 3-13, 2013; her work will be published in “Voices from the Attic” and she will give a reading at Carlow University with contest judge Toi Derricotte, a renowned poet and professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh and a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets (2012).

In 2000, Maher was the recipient of the Brother Gregory Nugent Award for excellence in teaching at La Roche College. She is a member of the National Council of Teachers of English and the Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of English and Language Arts.

For more information, contact Director of Marketing and Media Relations, Mary DelBuono at or call 412-536-1300.

About La Roche College: A private, Catholic, co-educational college north of Pittsburgh founded by the Sisters of Divine Providence in 1963; La Roche welcomes students of all religions, ethnic origins and talents. Undergraduates may choose from more than 50 majors, including the top 10 majors most in demand among today’s college students. La Roche combines a quality educational experience with clubs, athletics, social and community volunteer activities, spiritual well-being and more to prepare students for life in a constantly changing global society.

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