Authors Announced for Inaugural Literary Spotlight Reading Series

News Story: March 21, 2016
From left are Jamie Stern, Jeff W. Bens, Thomas Dooley and Suzanne Cordatos

Sacred Heart University has named four featured authors to read at its inaugural Literary Spotlight Series on March 31 at 3 p.m. The event will take place on SHU’s Fairfield campus in the art gallery at the Edgerton Center.

The lineup includes poets Jamie Stern and Thomas Dooley; author and director, Jeff Bens; and children’s author, Suzanne Cordatos, who is director of international admissions at SHU.

English professors Jonas Zdanys and Anita August chose these four individuals, who are in the early stages of their careers, to help expand their exposure in the literary field while engaging with current creative writing students.

“Writers often need to have their work audience-tested, but getting invited to give public readings is not always easy for beginning writers,” Zdanys said. “The University wants to encourage writers who are committed to their craft and to building their literary futures—the Literary Spotlight will provide a visible and welcoming setting for them.”

This event, scheduled to occur each semester, joins a growing number of literary opportunities at SHU, including open mic sessions and the Literary Spring readings each April, which feature well-known and established authors.

Those who wish to be considered as a guest author for the fall semester’s Literary Spotlight should contact Zdanys at