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April 11, 2022

La Roche Professor to Hold Book Launch for Samuel Hazo Biography on April 29

PITTSBURGH, April 11, 2022 – La Roche University English Department Chair Janine Molinaro Bayer, Ph.D., will host a book launch party and signing for her newly released book, “Before the Pen Runs Dry: A Literary Biography of Samuel Hazo,” on April 29.

The event, cosponsored by Riverstone Books, will take place at 7 p.m. in the Zappala Campus Center Square at La Roche’s campus in McCandless Township.

“Before the Pen Runs Dry” covers the life of poet and former Duquesne University professor Samuel Hazo, Ph.D.

“The book tells the story of his lineage, early life growing up in Pittsburgh, time in the Marine Corps and at the University of Notre Dame,” Dr. Molinaro Bayer said.

Considered one of the most enduring poets of our time, Dr. Hazo is the author of poetry, fiction, essays, various works of translation and four plays. The founder and director of the International Poetry Forum and McAnulty Distinguished Professor of English Emeritus of Duquesne University, he served as Pennsylvania’s first state poet from 1993 to 2003. Dr. Hazo, who will co-present with Dr. Molinaro Bayer at the launch party, also served as La Roche’s poet-in-residence in 2018.

Copies of “Before the Pen Runs Dry” will be sold at the event. The book also is available for purchase through Riverstone Books and Amazon.

Dr. Molinaro Bayer joined the La Roche faculty as an adjunct professor in 1994 and served in various roles before being named chair of the English Department in 2014. Throughout her time at La Roche she was the recipient of the Brother Gregory Nugent Award for Excellence in Teaching and Mentorship, the Faculty Commitment to Excellence Award and the Student Government Association Outstanding Faculty Service Award. She also served as faculty marshal for the Class of 2007.

Dr. Molinaro Bayer earned her Doctor of Philosophy in English Literature from Duquesne University.

About La Roche University: A private liberal arts university in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, La Roche University offers 66 undergraduate programs of study, six master’s degrees and one doctoral degree, with particular strengths in education, business, criminal justice, psychology, and health and medical sciences as well as interior design and graphic design. This residential university provides a vibrant campus community for nearly 1,300 men and women enjoying 30-plus student organizations and an exciting NCAA Div. III athletics program. Founded by the Sisters of Divine Providence in 1963, La Roche University embraces its Catholic heritage while welcoming people of all faiths and backgrounds. With a legacy of social justice and a commitment to international exchange, La Roche University educates students to be lifelong learners and achievers in an increasingly diverse and global society.