Ryan Sittler

Img: Ryan SittlerAbout the Poet

Ryan L. Sittler, MSLS, MSIT is a self-described “creative eclectic” and Assistant Professor at California University of Pennsylvania. His various creative endeavors have led to a career in writing, book publishing, award-winning educational game design, and teaching for a handful of universities and community colleges. None of this would have been possible (literally), had it not been for an early interest in creative writing—specifically, poetry.

Sittler was the second Berks County Poet Laureate—an honor bestowed upon him following graduation from Kutztown University (KU) of Pennsylvania, in spring 2002, until 2008. His most influential professors at KU were Harry Humes and Heather Thomas. Interestingly, both have also served in the role of Berks County Poet Laureate!

A native of Berks County, Sittler lived in Oley and then (briefly) Muhlenberg before relocating to the Pittsburgh area in 2007. Growing up near his grandfather’s farm, and spending time in the country, provided him with a unique view of the area and its people. This viewpoint is represented in a selection of Sittler’s published poetry—and perhaps best in the pieces entitled Child’s Forest and Seeds (the latter of which was commissioned for the opening of a new building in the Oley Valley School District).

Sittler holds a Bachelor’s degree in secondary education (Kutztown University), Master’s degree in library science (Clarion University), Master’s degree in instructional technology (Bloomsburg University), and is finishing a Doctoral degree in communications media and instructional technology with a focus on educational game and simulation design (Indiana University) which should be completed in 2012. In his spare time, he likes to play games (like Rock Band) and he writes books, music, poetry, and designs games. He also happens to be a big fan of scrapple—which is the best proof available that he is a Berks County native!

This event is part of the 2011 Greater Reading Literary Festival at Alvernia

The annual student poetry contest winners will also be announced and awarded two $50 prizes and two $25 prizes. Prize-winning poems will be read by the student poets.  Students interested in the submitting their poems to the contest should submit poetry to Dr. Bierowski, Dr. Law, or Dr. Rochowicz no later than Monday, October 10.

Start Date: 10/26/2011 1:45 pm
End Date: 10/26/2011 3:45 pm
Location: Dr. Frank A. Franco Library
Price: Free
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